Chapter 3301-16 High School Graduation

3301-16-01 GPA calculation chart for alternative pathway to graduation.

Pursuant to division (B) of section 3313.615 of the Revised Code, the purpose of this chart is to designate grade point averages equivalent to letter grades as part of the alternative pathway to graduation.

Points are assigned to grades along a four point scale, ranging from zero to four. A full-letter grade change is equal to one point. Pluses and minuses raise or lower a grade point by three-tenths of one point. The chart included in this rule illustrates the full scale.

Note: Pursuant to the requirements of section 3313.615 of the Revised Code, the grades listed in this chart are subject to a 4.0 scale. As a result, for the purpose of this rule, grades are not weighted for the type of course taken by the student.

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Letter grade to grade point conversion

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Letter grade Grade point Letter grade Grade point

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A+ 4.0 C+ 2.3

A 4.0 C 2.0

A- 3.7 C- 1.7

B+ 3.3 D+ 1.3

B 3.0 D 1.0

B- 2.7 D- 0.7

F 0

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R.C. 119.032 review dates: 06/13/2011 and 06/13/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3301.07 , 3313.615
Rule Amplifies: 3313.615
Prior Effective Dates: 5/26/2007

3301-16-02 Establishing criteria for awarding the diploma with honors.

(A) Each school district shall award the diploma with honors to any student who is determined to be eligible in accordance with the following provisions:

(1) Successfully completes the high school curriculum or the individualized education program developed for the student by the high school or demonstrates technical expertise in a career-technical education program;

(2) Has attained at least the applicable scores designated under division (B) of section 3301.0710 of the Revised Code on all tests required by that division; and

(3) Meets the criteria for honors as provided in paragraph (H) of this rule for students graduating prior to September 15, 2010, or paragraph (I) of this rule for students graduating thereafter.

(B) No school district shall require students to make application or declare intention to qualify for the diploma with honors.

(C) Upon initial receipt of this rule after its adoption, and each school year thereafter, each school district shall notify all high school students and their parents of the adoption of this rule and of the criteria required for earning the diploma provided by this rule.

(D) The school district shall not add to, or delete from, the criteria provided in paragraph (H) of this rule prior to September 15, 2010, or paragraph (I) of this rule thereafter.

(E) The provisions of paragraph (D) of this rule shall not be interpreted to prohibit a school district from recognizing academic excellence in additional ways that the local district board of education deems appropriate.

(F) Each school district that enrolls students in a joint vocational school shall involve the joint vocational district in the development of any policy, guidelines, or procedures adopted pursuant to this rule. Each joint vocational school district shall provide at least annually to the appropriate home district information regarding the status with respect to this rule of each student who is enrolled at the vocational school.

(G) The diploma awarded in accordance with this rule shall be in such form as the district board of education prescribes; bear the date of its issue; and contain the signatures of the president and treasurer of the district board of education, the superintendent of schools, and the principal of the high school.

(H) To be awarded a diploma with honors beginning September 15, 2001, the student shall be required to meet at least all but one of the criteria listed in this paragraph for either the high school academic or career-technical curriculum. A student shall not be required to meet more than the specified number of criteria, nor shall any student be required to meet any one specified criterion. Any student who receives high school credit for a course in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (B) of rule 3301-44-06 of the Administrative Code(postsecondary enrollment options) or in accordance with the provisions of division (C) of section 3313.603 of the Revised Code (credit for advanced work below ninth grade), shall receive credit for this course toward the requirements of this paragraph provided the course is related to a subject area listed in this paragraph.

(1) The student who completes the college preparatory curriculum in the high school shall meet at least eight of the following nine criteria:

(a) Earn four units of English;

(b) Earn at least three units of mathematics which shall include algebra I, algebra II and geometry or a three-year sequence of courses which contains equivalent content;

(c) Earn at least three units of science which develop the concepts for physical, life, and earth and space sciences;

(d) Earn three units of social studies;

(e) Earn either three units of one foreign language or two units each of two foreign languages;

(f) Earn one unit of fine arts;

(g) Earn either one unit of business/technology and two additional units in paragraphs (H)(1)(a) to (H)(1)(f) of this rule; or earn three additional units in paragraphs (H)(1)(a) to (H)(1)(f) of this rule;

(h) Maintain an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale up to the last grading period of the senior year; or

(i) Obtain a composite score of twenty-seven on the American college test's ACT assessment (excluding the optional writing test) or a combined score of twelve hundred ten on the college board's SAT verbal and math sections (excluding the score obtained on the required writing section).

(2) The student who completes an intensive career-technical education curriculum in the high school shall meet at least nine of the following ten criteria:

(a) Earn four units of English which may include one unit of applied communication;

(b) Earn three units of mathematics which will include algebra and geometry, or a sequence of courses that contain equivalent content;

(c) Earn three units of science, that develop concepts for physical, life, and earth and space sciences;

(d) Earn three units of social studies;

(e) Earn two units of a foreign language; or two units of business/technology; or one unit of each;

(f) Earn three units in the student's career-technical education curriculum;

(g) Earn two additional units in paragraphs (H)(2)(a) to (H)(2)(f) of this rule or fine arts;

(h) Maintain an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale up to the last grading period of the senior year;

(i) Complete a career passport that reflects achievement of the occupational proficiency benchmark established for the Ohio career-technical competency assessment or the equivalent; or

(j) Obtain a composite score of twenty-seven on the American college test's ACT assessment (excluding the optional writing test) or a combined score of twelve hundred ten on the college board's SAT verbal and math sections (excluding the score obtained on the required writing section)..

(I) To be awarded a diploma with honors beginning January 1, 2012, the student shall be required to meet at least all but one of the criteria listed in this paragraph for either the more rigorous high school academic curriculum,career-technical education curriculum, or the international baccalureate diploma program curriculum (ibo.org). The criteria listed in this paragraph will replace the criteria established in paragraph (H) from January 1, 2012, forward. A student shall not be required to meet more than the specified number of criteria, nor shall any student be required to meet any one specified criterion. Any student who receives high school credit for a course in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (B) of rule 3301-44-06 of the Administrative Code(postsecondary enrollment options) or in accordance with the provisions of division (G) of section 3313.603 of the Revised Code (credit for advanced work below ninth grade) shall receive credit for the course toward the requirements of this paragraph provided the course is related to a subject area listed in this paragraph.

(1) The student who completes the more rigorous high school academic curriculum shall meet at least seven of the following eight criteria:

(a) Earn four units of English;

(b) Earn at least four units of mathematics which shall include algebra I, algebra II, geometry, and another higher level course or a four-year sequence of courses which contains equivalent content;

(c) Earn at least four units of science including one unit of physics and one unit of chemistry;

(d) Earn four units of social studies;

(e) Earn either three units of one foreign language or two units of each of two foreign languages;

(f) Earn one unit of fine arts;

(g) Maintain an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale up to the last grading period of the senior year; or

(h) Obtain a composite score of twenty-seven on the American college test's ACT assessment (excluding the optional writing test) or a combined score of twelve hundred ten on the college board's SAT verbal and math sections (excluding the required writing section).

(2) The student who completes an intensive career-technical education curriculum in the high school shall meet at least seven of the following eight criteria:

(a) Earn four units of English;

(b) Earn at least four units of mathematics which shall include algebra I, algebra II, geometry, and another higher level course or a four-year sequence of courses which contains equivalent content;

(c) Earn at least four units of science including two units of advanced science;

Note: Advanced sciences refer to courses in the Ohio core curriculum (education.ohio.gov) that are inquiry-based with laboratory experiences and align with the eleventh/twelfth grade standards (or above), or with an AP science course, or with the new high school syllabi, or with an entry-level college course that prepares students for a college freshman level science class (e.g. anatomy, botany, or astronomy), or contain material above the current OGT level.

(d) Earn four units of social studies;

(e) Earn four units in a career-technical education program that leads to an industry recognized credential, results in an apprenticeship, or is part of an articulated career pathway which can lead to post secondary credit. If the student's program design does not provide for any of these outcomes, then the student must achieve the proficiency benchmark established for the applicable Ohio career-technical competency assessment or the equivalent;

(f) Achieve the proficiency benchmark established for the Ohio career-technical competency assessment available at webxam.org (additional content available at education.ohio.gov) or an equivalent assessment aligned with state-approved and industry validated technical standards;

(g) Maintain an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale up to the last grading period of the senior year; or

(h) Obtain a composite score of twenty-seven on the American college testing service's ACT assessment (excluding the optional writing test) or a combined score of twelve hundred ten on the college board's SAT verbal and math sections (excluding the score obtained on the required writing section).

(3) A candidate for the international baccalaureate dipoma program shall be required to meet all but one of the following criteria:

(a) Earn four units of English and complete both an internationally-scored four thousand word essay and a one housand five hundred word essay for the theory of knowledge seminar (ibo.org);

(b) Earn four units of mathematics including algebra I, algebra II, geometry, and another higher level course or complete a four-year sequence of courses that contains equivalent content;

(c) Earn four units of science including biology, chemistry, and at least one unit of advanced science;

(d) Earn four units of social studies;

(e) Earn four units of foreign languages (with at least two units for each language studied);

(f) Earn one unit of fine arts;

(g) Maintain an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale up to the last grading period of the senior year; or

(h) Obtain a composite score of twenty-seven on the ACT assessment (excluding the optional writing test) or a combined score of twelve-hundred ten on the SAT verbal and math sections (excluding the score obtained on the required writing section).

In addition, the student shall

(i) Participate fully in the required classroom instruction for six international baccalureate courses (with at least three at the higher level);

(ii) Complete and submit for moderation all of the international baccalaureate's internal assessments in each of the required diploma subjects (with a minimum of three high level subjects and a maximum of three standard level subjects);

(iii) Complete the required assessments for the theory of knowledge seminar (ibo.org);

(iv) Complete and submit to the attending high school and to the international baccalaureate organization a completed extended essay that has been assessed by the school as having met IB criteria;

(v) Complete to the satisfaction of the school's CAS coordinator (creativity, action, and service) the international baccalaureate's CAS requirements;

(vi) Complete all external assessments in each of the required six subjects as set and administered by the international baccalaureate organization.

Effective: 12/23/2011
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/06/2011 and 12/23/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3301.07 , 3313.61
Rule Amplifies: 3313.61
Prior Effective Dates: 10/1/90, 2/1/93, 3/29/99, 8/22/02, 9/23/05, 5/26/07

3301-16-03 Community service learning special certification.

Pursuant to section 3313.605 of the Revised Code, the state superintendent of public instruction is required to adopt rules for granting a student special certification upon successful completion of an approved community service learning project.

(A) Governing authority, for the purpose of this rule, shall mean the board of education of a city, local, exempted village and joint vocational school district, the governing authority of a community school established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code, and the governing body of a STEM school established under Chapter 3325. of the Revised Code.

(B) Beginning September 1, 2012, the governing authority of a school that includes community service education in its education program shall, pursuant to section 3313.605 of the Revised Code, award the community service learning special recognition to any graduating senior who is determined to be eligible in accordance with the following provisions:

(1) Completes the high school curriculum, individualized education program, or career-technical education program as developed for the student by the high school; and

(2) Attains proficient scores on all Ohio graduation tests required for high school graduation under division (B) of section 3301.0710 of the Revised Code, or an alternative pathway, and;

(3) Successfully completes a community service-learning project in grades nine through twelve that receives an excellent rating on the Ohio community service-learning project rubric available at education.ohio.gov.

(C) Pursuant to division (B)(1) of section 3313.605 of the Revised Code, a governing authority that includes community service learning in its education program shall do the following:

(1) Establish a community service learning advisory committee that shall make recommendations and oversee and assist in the implementation of the community service learning plan; and

(2) Determine the membership and organization of its advisory committee, or designate the responsibilities to an existing committee.

(a) Each committee shall include at least two students and shall also include (or consult with) at least one person employed in the field of volunteer management.

(b) Committee members may include parents, teachers, administrators, representatives of other educational institutions, business, government, nonprofit organizations, veterans organizations, social service agencies, religious organizations, and philanthropies.

(3) Upon the effective date of this rule, and prior to the beginning of each school year thereafter, notify all high school students and parents of the adoption of this rule and of the criteria required for earning the community service learning special certification as provided for by this rule.

(D) Pursuant to division (B)(2) of section 3313.605 of the Revised Code, a community service learning plan adopted pursuant to this rule shall be based upon the recommendations of the advisory committee and shall provide for the following:

(1) Integration of community service into the curriculum;

(2) Instruction for teachers on strategies for identifying and collaborating with community partners, integrating community service learning into the curriculum, and effectively addressing local issues and needs;

(3) Education of students in the value of community service and its contributions to the history of the state and nation;

(4) Encouragement and identification of opportunities for students to provide community service; and

(5) Inclusion of the plan into the course of study.

(a) A joint vocational school district board of education shall submit a copy of its plan to the Ohio department of education for review as requested by the department.

(b) A local school district shall forward its plan to the educational service center governing authority for inclusion in the course of study.

(6) At least once every five years, the advisory committee shall review the community service learning plan, which shall be revised, if necessary, by the governing authority.

(E) Pursuant to division (B)(2)(e) of section 3313.605 of the Revised Code, each community service learning plan shall contain assurances that students shall not supplant, cause the firing of, result in the displacement of, or impair an existing employment contract of any particular employee of any private or governmental entity for which services are performed.

(F) No school district shall require students to make application or declare intention to qualify for the community service learning special certification.

(G) The provisions of this rule shall not prohibit a governing authority or school from recognizing community service in ways outside the purview of this rule; only students who meet the criteria described in this rule, however, shall qualify for the community service learning special certification as established by this rule.

(H) A governing authority shall be encouraged to include the joint vocational school district in which its students are enrolled in the development any local policies, guidelines, or procedures adopted pursuant to this rule.

(I) At least annually, and as otherwise requested, each joint vocational school district shall provide to the appropriate home district the status of students enrolled at the vocational school with regard to the criteria described in paragraph (B) of this rule.

(J) The community service learning special certification shall be in such form as a certificate, bear the date of issue, and contain the signature of the state superintendent of public instruction.

(K) Pursuant to division (B)(2)(e) of section 3313.605 of the Revised Code, each community service learning plan, including those revised pursuant to paragraph (D)(6) of this rule, shall be submitted to the department for review. The department shall publish those plans that could serve as models for other school districts.

Effective: 12/23/2011
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 12/23/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3301.07 , 3313.605
Rule Amplifies: 3313.605