Graduation Requirements 2018+

Parents and students are reminded that Ohio’s requirements for graduation changed when the class of 2018 became freshmen.

Requirements for graduation effective for the Class of 2018 and beyond. Highlights:
EARN the appropriate high school course credits (counselors guide students to be sure to take the right courses)


  1. Earn a cumulative passing score on the end of course exams:Among other requirements, the classes of 2018 and beyond must take a series of end of course exams instead of the Ohio Graduation Test that phases out with current juniors. Any freshman or sophomore who is taking any of the seven courses with state exams will take those exams this year and must complete all seven before graduating.  These courses/ exams include English 9, English 10, Algebra 1, Geometry, American History, American Government, and Biology (Only Class of 2018 may use Physical Science or Biology test). Reference Ohio Department of Education FAQ for atypical situations, including earning credit in middle school, student transfers, etc. A method of converting course grades to graduation points (as an alternative to test scores) is forthcoming.


  1. Earn remediation-free status on an approved college admissions exam (such as the ACT) – this test will be given in the spring to the entire junior class.


  1. Earn a state- approved, industry-recognized credential or a state-issued license for practice in a career AND achieve a score that demonstrates workforce readiness and employability on a job skills assessment. Industry Credentials (released 1.12.15)

Check out what the Ohio Department of Education has to say (including a new video and FAQ for students and families here).

Check out the MOST RECENT guidance from the State (6.13.16)

View the Presentation to the Kent City Schools Board of Education, November 18, 2014: ODE_Graduation-Requirements. KCSD Board Presentation 11.18.14


The class of 2017 must still pass all five parts of the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to qualify for graduation.
– Students in these graduating classes will take the American History and American Government state end of course exams when taking these courses, but will not be required to take any of the other new end of course exams.
– Students who have not passed one or more parts of the OGT may be able to take a related end of course exam instead, and should see their school counselor in this situation.