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