Chapter 3301-41 Certificate of High School Equivalence

3301-41-01 Ohio high school equivalence diploma.

(A) "GED®" means tests of general educational development.

(B) The "Ohio High School Equivalence Diploma" shall indicate that the holder thereof has achieved the equivalent of a high school education as measured by scores obtained on the GED® as published by the American council on education (acenet.edu). The minimum standard scores and other information about the GED® program are available through the Ohio department of education's website (education.ohio.gov).

(C) Pursuant to section 3313.617 of the Revised Code, an applicant who meets all of the following criteria shall be permitted to take the GED®:

(1) The applicant is at least eighteen years of age.

(2) The applicant is officially withdrawn from school.

(3) The applicant has not received a high school diploma or honors diploma awarded under section 3313.61, 3313.611, 3313.612, or 3325.08 of the Revised Code.

(D) Pursuant to division (B)(1) of section 3313.617 of the Revised Code, exceptions to the age requirement shall be granted as follows:

(1) An applicant who is at least sixteen but less than eighteen years of age may apply to the department to take the GED®, so long as the applicant has not received a high school diploma or honors diploma awarded pursuant to section 3313.61, 3313.611, 3313.612, or 3325.08 of the Revised Code.

(2) In order to apply, the applicant shall submit, along with the application, both of the following:

(a) Written approval from the applicant's parent or guardian or a court official;

(b) The applicant's official high school transcript. The transcript shall include, at a minimum, the previous twelve months of the applicant's enrollment in a program approved to grant a high school diploma.

(3) The department shall determine whether to approve or deny applications submitted pursuant to paragraph (D) of this rule. The department shall approve an application only if the applicant meets both of the following criteria:

(a) The applicant has been continuously enrolled in a program approved to grant a high school diploma for at least one semester and attained an attendance rate of at least seventy-five per cent during that semester. If the applicant has not passed all four sections of the GED® six months from the initial test date, in order to receive approval to continue testing, the applicant shall resubmit a current transcript reflecting an attendance rate of at least a seventy-five percent. The applicant shall be required to resubmit a transcript every six months thereafter until the applicant has passed all four sections of the GED®.

(b) The applicant shows good cause for needing to take the GED®.

For the purpose of this rule, good cause includes any of the following: the applicant has received a court order stipulating that the applicant must take the GED®; if the applicant is receiving public assistance and is required to take the GED®; the applicant is receiving public assistance and is required to take the GED® in order to remain on assistance; the applicant has been permanently excluded from public schools pursuant to section 3313.66, 3313.661, or 3313.662 of the Revised Code; the applicant is home schooled; the applicant or applicant's family are experiencing financial hardship or health issues; the applicant has a need to care for dependents or family members; the applicant is experiencing bullying or other safety issues related to school attendance; or any other reason why continuing to attend school is a hardship for the applicant or the applicant's family. To establish good cause, an applicant is required to complete an application with the department stating the reasons why the applicant desires to take the GED® and to submit documentation as required by the department.

(E) If an application is approved under paragraph (D) of this rule, the applicant shall remain enrolled in school and maintain an attendance rate of at least seventy-five per cent until either:

(1) The applicant passes all required sections of the tests of GED®; or

(2) The applicant is eighteen years of age.

(F) Notwithstanding paragraphs (C) and (D) of this rule, an applicant who meets any of the criteria described in division (D) of section 3313.617 of the Revised Code shall be permitted to take the GED®.

(G) For the purpose of calculating graduation rates for the school district and building report cards under section 3302.03 of the Revised Code, the department shall count any person who officially withdraws from school to take the GED® under this section as a dropout from the district or school in which the person was last enrolled.

(H) If an applicant takes the GED® and fails to attain the scores required to earn a high school equivalence diploma, as defined in section 5107.40 of the Revised Code, on the entire battery of tests, the applicant shall be required to retake only the specific test on which the applicant did not attain a passing score in order to earn a high school equivalence diploma. If an applicant retakes a specific test, the applicant shall be responsible only for the cost of that test and not for the cost of the entire battery of tests, unless the applicant is retaking the entire battery.

Replaces: 3301-41-01

Effective: 4/22/2016
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 04/22/2021
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3301.07, 3313.617
Rule Amplifies: 3313.617
Prior Effective Dates: 9/23/74, 717/79, 1/1/85, 7/1/87, 7/1/88, 12/1/89, 1/1/97, 12/24/01, 2/25/2007, 1/21/2012