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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Cite as Ohio Admin. Code 3301-16-01

Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 10/13/2016 and 10/13/2021
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3301.07, 3313.615
Rule Amplifies: 3313.615
Prior Effective Dates: 5/26/07

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

(A) For the purposes of this rule, "advanced science" refers to courses in the Ohio curriculum as defined in division (C)(5)(c) of section 3313.603. of the Revised Code, an AP/IB science course, or a college credit plus science course.

(B) 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 satisfied the assessment requirements referenced in division (A)(2)(a)(i)of section 3313.61. or division (A)(2)(b) of 3313.61. of the Revised Code; and

(3) Meets the criteria for honors as provided in this rule.

(C) No school district shall require students to apply for or declare intention to qualify for the diploma with honors.

(D) 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 diplomas provided by this rule.

(E) The school district shall not add to, nor delete from, the criteria provided in paragraphs (I) to (P) of this rule.

(F) The provisions of paragraph (E) 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.

(G) 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.

(H) 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.

(I) To be awarded a diploma with honors, the student shall be required to meet at least all but one of the criteria for the specified type of honors diploma. 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.

(1) Any student who receives high school credit for a course in accordance with the provisions of former Chapter 3365. of the Revised Code (postsecondary enrollment options) or current Chapter 3365. of the Revised Code (college credit plus) 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 rule provided the course is related to a subject area listed in the criteria for the honors diploma.

(2) For the academic honors diploma, the international baccalaureate diploma, and the career tech honors diploma, students entering the ninth grade between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2017 may choose to pursue the diploma by meeting the requirements of the former rule or by meeting the requirements set forth herein.

(3) Students entering the ninth grade on or after July 1, 2017 must meet all of the requirements set forth in this rule to receive one of those honors diplomas. Upon the effective date of this rule, any student may earn a STEM honors diploma, arts honors diploma, or social science and civic engagement honors diploma by meeting the requirements set forth herein.

(J) The following are part of the criteria for any honors diploma for any student.

(1) An overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale maintained up to the last grading period of the senior year; and

(2) A composite score of twenty-seven on the 2016 ACT assessment (excluding the optional writing test) or a combined score of twelve hundred eighty on the 2016 SAT math and evidence-based reading and writing sections, or an equivalent score on future ACT or SAT assessments. A table aligning new ACT and SAT assessment scores with old assessment scores is available on the department of education's website at education.ohio.gov.

(K) The following are additional criteria for the academic honors diploma:

(1) At least four units of mathematics which shall include algebra I, geometry, algebra II (or equivalent), and one other higher level course, or a four course sequence that contains equivalent or higher content;

(2) At least four units of science including two units of advanced science;

(3) Four units of social studies;

(4) Either three units of one world language or no less than two units of each of two world languages studied; and

(5) One unit of fine arts.

(L) A student seeking the international baccalaureate honors diploma shall complete all requirements established by the international baccalaureate organization for the international baccalaureate diploma programme. The following are additional criteria for the international baccalaureate honors diploma:

(1) Earn four units of mathematics including algebra I, geometry, algebra II (or equivalent), and one other higher level course, or complete a four course sequence that contains equivalent or higher content;

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

(3) Earn four units of social studies;

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

(5) Earn one unit of fine arts;

(6) Complete a field experience and document the experience in a portfolio specific to the student's international baccalaureate area of focus; and

(7) Develop a comprehensive portfolio of work based on the student's field experience or a topic related to the student's international baccalaureate area of focus that is reviewed and validated by external experts.

(M) The following are additional criteria for a student who completes the career technical honors diploma:

(1) At least four units of mathematics which shall include algebra I, geometry, algebra II (or equivalent), and one other higher level course, or a four course sequence that contains equivalent or higher content;

(2) At least four units of science including two units of advanced science;

(3) Four units of social studies;

(4) 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;

(5) 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;

(6) Two units of one world language;

(7) Complete a field experience and document the experience in a portfolio specific to the student's career technical area of focus;

(8) Develop a comprehensive portfolio of work based on the student's field experience or a topic related to the student's career technical area of focus that is reviewed and validated by external experts; and

(9) For the purposes of the criteria referenced in paragraph (J)(2) of this rule, a score of least six on the ACT WorkKeys reading for information assessment section and a score of at least six on the ACT WorkKeys applied mathematics section satisfies the requirement.

(N) The following are the additional criteria for the STEM honors diploma:

(1) Five units of mathematics which shall include algebra I, geometry, algebra II (or equivalent), and one other higher level course, or a four course sequence that contains equivalent or higher content;

(2) Five units of science including two units of advanced science. One single course may fulfill the fifth required credit in both science and mathematics for the STEM honors diploma.

(3) Either three units of one world language or no less than two units of each of two world languages studied;

(4) One unit of fine arts;

(5) Two units of electives with a focus in STEM coursework;

(6) Complete a field experience and document the experience in a portfolio specific to the student's STEM area of focus; and

(7) Develop a comprehensive portfolio of work based on the student's field experience or a topic related to the student's STEM area of focus that is reviewed and validated by external experts.

(O) The following are the additional criteria for the arts honors diploma:

(1) Four units of mathematics which shall include algebra I, geometry, algebra II (or equivalent), and one other higher level course or a four course sequence that contains equivalent or higher content;

(2) Three units of science including one unit of advanced science;

(3) Either three units of one world language or no less than two units of each of two world languages studied;

(4) Four units of fine arts;

(5) Two units of electives with a focus in fine arts coursework;

(6) Complete a field experience and document the experience in a portfolio specific to the student's art area of focus; and

(7) Develop a comprehensive portfolio of work based on the student's field experience or a topic related to the student's art area of focus that is reviewed and validated by external experts.

(P) The following are the additional criteria for the social science and civic engagement honors diploma:

(1) Four units of mathematics which shall include algebra I, geometry, algebra II (or equivalent), and one other higher level course, or a four course sequence which contains equivalent or higher content;

(2) Three units of science including one unit of advanced science;

(3) Five units of social studies;

(4) Either three units of one world language or no less than two units of each of two world languages studied;

(5) One unit of fine arts;

(6) Three units of electives with a focus in social science and/or civics coursework;

(7) Complete a field experience and document the experience in a portfolio specific to the student's social studies area of focus; and

(8) Develop a comprehensive portfolio of work based on the student's field experience or a topic related to the student's social studies area of focus that is reviewed and validated by external experts.

Replaces:3301-16-02

Cite as Ohio Admin. Code 3301-16-02

Effective: 1/28/2017
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 01/28/2022
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, 12/23/11

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 3326. of the Revised Code.

(B) 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;

(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 meets one of the conditions in division (A) of section 3313.618 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 www.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;

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

(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) Prior to the beginning of each school year , notify all high school students and parents 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;

(5) Inclusion of the plan into the course of study; and

(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) The governing authority or school shall not 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.

Cite as Ohio Admin. Code 3301-16-03

Effective: 7/3/2017
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 04/14/2017 and 07/03/2022
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3301.07 ; 3313.605
Rule Amplifies: 3313.605
Prior Effective Dates: 12/23/2011

3301-16-04 College and work ready assessment transition.

(A) Phased implementation of assessment system.

(1) Students entering ninth grade for the first time on or after July 1, 2014, shall be subject to the college and work ready assessment system in accordance with division (B) of section 3301.0712 of the Revised Code. For students that entered ninth grade before July 1, 2014, the Ohio graduation tests required by division (B)(1) of section 3301.0710 of the Revised Code shall be available for retake opportunities until September 1, 2022. The department of education shall determine the administration schedule and administration method for all administrations of the Ohio graduation tests after July 1, 2018.

(2) After September 1, 2022, all students shall meet the requirements of the college and work ready assessment system.

(3) Any student meeting the description in paragraph (A)(1) of this rule who receives high school credit prior to January 31, 2015, for a physical science, American history, or American government course for which an end-of-course examination is prescribed by division (B)(2) of section 3301.0712 of the Revised Code shall not be required to take that end-of-course examination.

(a) Receipt of credit for that course shall satisfy the requirement to take the end-of-course examination.

(b) In determining whether that student has attained the cumulative score prescribed by division (B)(5)(c) section 3301.0712 of the Revised Code, that student shall be considered to have attained a proficient score on the exempted examination.

(B) Foreign exchange student excusal from American history and American government end-of-course examinations.

(1) Paragraph (B) of this rule applies to students who meet all of the criteria set forth in division (H) of section 3313.61 of the Revised Code.

(2) Students who are subject to this section are not required to:

(a) Take any American history end-of-course examination and any American government end-of-course examination required under division (B) of section 3301.0712 of the Revised Code;

(b) Achieve any minimum cumulative score not adjusted to account for the end of course exam exemptions; or

(c) Achieve any content area score set by the state board not adjusted to account for the end of course exam exemptions.

(C) Adult diploma students.

(1) For students that pursue a diploma of adult education as prescribed by section 3313.611 of the Revised Code, the Ohio graduation tests required by division (B)(1) of section 3301.0710 of the Revised Code shall be available for eligible students until September 1, 2022.

(2) After September 1, 2022, students shall meet the requirements of the college and work ready assessment system to receive a diploma of adult education.

(D) Students in dropout prevention and recovery programs.

(1) Students enrolled in a dropout prevention and recovery program described in division (F) of section 3313.603 or section 3314.36 of the Revised Code who entered the ninth grade for the first time on or after July 1, 2014, shall meet the requirements of the college and career ready assessment system.

(2) The students described in paragraph (D)(1) of this rule are not required to take any end of course exams required under division (B) of section 3301.0712 of the Revised Code.

Cite as Ohio Admin. Code 3301-16-04

Effective: 12/25/2014
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 12/25/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3301.07, 3301.0712
Rule Amplifies: 3301.0712

3301-16-05 Additional assessment options for students required to pass the Ohio graduation tests.

(A) In addition to satisfying the requirements set forth in section 3313.614 of the Revised Code, a person who began ninth grade for the first time before July 1, 2014, may graduate by meeting one of the following options:

(1) A person who began ninth grade for the first time before July 1, 2014, shall be eligible to receive a diploma if the person meets the requirement prescribed by section 3313.618 or section 3313.619 of the Revised Code.

(2) A person who began ninth grade for the first time before July 1, 2014, may demonstrate proficiency on an assessment other than one of the Ohio graduation tests and use their performance on this test as a replacement for the applicable Ohio graduation test as prescribed by paragraph (B) of this rule.

(B) Beginning on January 1, 2016, any person who meets the description in this paragraph may replace their performance on an Ohio graduation test with the corresponding test described in this paragraph.

(1) A student may use the assessments listed in this paragraph, with their prescribed level of performance, to replace the required proficiency on the mathematics Ohio graduation test:

(a) A proficient score on a state end-of-course examination in algebra I or geometry;

(b) A remediation-free score on the mathematics portion of a nationally standardized assessment selected pursuant to division (B)(1) of section 3301.0712 of the Revised Code.

(2) A student may use the assessments listed in this paragraph, with their prescribed level of performance, to replace the required proficiency on the reading Ohio graduation test:

(a) A proficient score on a state end-of-course examination in English language arts I or English language arts II;

(b) A remediation-free score on the reading portion, or if there is no reading portion, the English language arts portion, of a nationally standardized assessment, selected pursuant to division (B)(1) of section 3301.0712 of the Revised Code.

(3) A student may use the assessments listed in this paragraph, with their prescribed level of performance, to replace the required proficiency on the writing Ohio graduation test:

(a) A proficient score on a state end-of-course examination in English language arts I or English language arts II;

(b) A remediation-free score on the writing portion, or, if there is no writing portion, the English language arts portion, of a nationally standardized assessment selected pursuant to division (B)(1) of section 3301.0712 of the Revised Code.

(4) A student may use the assessments listed in this rule, with their prescribed level of performance, to replace the required proficiency on the science Ohio graduation test:

(a) A proficient score on the state end-of-course examination in biology;

(b) A grade of "D" or higher in a biology course completed through the college credit plus program established under Chapter 3365. of the Revised Code; or

(c) A score equivalent to a proficient score on the state's biology end-of-course examination on an equivalent advanced placement exam or equivalent international baccalaureate exam in biology;

(5) A student may use the assessments listed in this paragraph, with their prescribed level of performance, to replace the required proficiency on the social studies Ohio graduation test:

(a) A proficient score on the state end-of-course examination in American history or American government;

(b) A grade of "D" or higher in either an American history or American government course completed through the college credit plus program established under Chapter 3365. of the Revised Code; or

(c) A score equivalent to a proficient score on the state's American history or American government end-of-course examination on an equivalent advanced placement exam or equivalent international baccalaureate exam.

(C) The state end-of-course examinations described in this rule are those prescribed by division (B)(2) of section 3301.0712 of the Revised Code.

(D) The equivalent advanced placement and international baccalaureate exams and their corresponding equivalent scores described in this rule are the same as those designated by the state board of education pursuant to division (B)(4) of section 3301.0712 of the Revised Code.

Cite as Ohio Admin. Code 3301-16-05

Effective: 1/1/2016
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 01/01/2021
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3301.07, 3313.614, 3313.618, 3313.619
Rule Amplifies: 3301.0712, 3313.61 , 3313.618, 3313.619

3301-16-06 Retaking end-of-course examinations.

(A) A student, who entered ninth grade for the first time on or after July 1, 2014, may retake any end-of-course examination prescribed under division (B)(2) of section 3301.0712 of the Revised Code during the student's academic career. The student may retake an exam during testing window(s) designated by the department of education.

(B) If a student does not take an end-of-course examination on the scheduled administration date, the department of education shall make available to the student one of the following at a later time in the student's academic career:

(1) The examination for which the student was absent; or

(2) A substantially similar examination. A substantially similar examination includes a different version of the state end of course test in the same subject area.

Cite as Ohio Admin. Code 3301-16-06

Effective: 7/29/2016
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 07/29/2021
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3301.0728
Rule Amplifies: 3301.0728

3301-16-07 End-of-course examination in science.

(A) This rule applies only to students who entered ninth grade for the first time on or after July 1, 2014, but prior to July 1, 2015.

(1) The department of education will continue to make the end-of-course examination in physical science available for students who wish to retake the examination until July 1, 2019.

(2) As of July 1, 2019, the department of education will no longer make the end-of-course examination in physical science available. Students who have not met the requirement prescribed by division (A)(2) of section 3313.618 of the Revised Code as of July 1, 2019 will be required to use biology as the end-of-course examination in science.

Cite as Ohio Admin. Code 3301-16-07

Effective: 7/29/2016
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 07/29/2021
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3301.0712(B)(8)
Rule Amplifies: 3301.0712(B)(8)