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Legislators Quietly Figuring out What You Need to Do to Graduate from High School

Legislation that would make major changes to what students need to do to graduate from high school is moving through the hearing process with little testimony and few questions, Gongwer News Service reports.

HB 193 would create four new ways for students to earn high school diplomas.

But the Ohio Department of Education is concerned that some of the new ways set too low a bar for students.

The legislation outlines four ways that students can qualify for a high school diploma in addition to securing 20 course credits. They relate to meeting remediation-free standards for when they enter college, gaining a cumulative minimum performance score on end-of-course exams, or gaining a score on nationally recognized job skills assessments that demonstrates workforce readiness along with obtaining an industry credential or license.

ODE said, however, it is concerned that some of the pathways lack the rigor necessary to ensure a high school diploma guarantees a student’s readiness for college or career. The agency said by way of example that a student could fail the end-of-course exams in American history, government and science and still obtain a diploma.

Read more at: www.gongwer-oh.com

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