(A) When a person who is at least sixteen years of age but less than nineteen years of age applies to the department of education to take the tests of general educational development, the person shall submit with the application written approval from the superintendent of the school district in which the person was last enrolled, or the superintendent's designee, except that if the person was last enrolled in a community school established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code or a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics school established under Chapter 3326. of the Revised Code, the approval shall be from the principal of the school, or the principal's designee. The department may require the person also to submit written approval from the person's parent or guardian or a court official, if the person is younger than eighteen years of age.
(B) 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 for whom approval is obtained from the superintendent or principal, or a designee, under division (A) of this section as a dropout from the district or school in which the person was last enrolled prior to obtaining the approval.
Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28,HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.