Next year's Ohio high school seniors will be the first to choose their route to graduation - pass some state tests, take a college entrance exam or earn an industry credential.
But new numbers show up to one third of students won't be able to get their diplomas when the standards take effect. And that has the state's education leaders scrambling to make changes. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles explains.
The Ohio Department of Education’s new figures show some districts and charter schools could see graduation rates plummet by as much as 70 percent in some cases because kids won’t be able to get 18 points on seven state tests, to achieve a minimum score on a college entrance exam or get an industry credential. Damon Asbury with the Ohio School Boards Association says the state has changed the standards during their time in school, and that could be a reason for poor performance in low income and minority dominated schools.
“Well, I think, in general, it’s a mess.”
The state superintendent is expected to offer students other graduation options. But lawmakers would have to approve that, and some have indicated they don’t want the requirements lowered.