New Law Permits HS Graduation Based On Course Grades

Mar 22, 2021

Kids walk to class in the hallway of Worthington Kilbourne High School.
Credit Dan Konik

Ohio high school students may now earn a diploma based on course grades rather than final exams, under a bill signed into law  over the weekend.

Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.  

The new law will ease guidelines for high school graduation in response to the challenges students and schools have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Instead of basing grades on final exams, a student's work during the span of each course can determine if they can graduate. 

Republicans and Democrats originally planned to call on the U.S. Department of Education to cancel federal standardized tests. But the Biden Administration said those tests must happen. 


The law takes effect immediately so the state can seek a waiver of federal accountability measures based on the results of those tests.