Lawmakers consider changes to high school graduation requirements

(Ohio) – Ohio lawmakers are again considering competing proposals that look to change current high school graduation requirements.

The consideration comes after lawmakers already eased rules for students earning diplomas this year and those graduating in 2020.

One of the most recent proposed plans, backed by the Ohio Board of Education, would let students qualify for graduation by demonstrating competency in certain subjects through testing or alternatives such as a culminating project.

The other proposal looks to require students to complete minimum courses, reflect competency on state math and English exams, and earn two diploma seals for achievements in academics or other activities. This particular plan was developed by a consortium of school districts called the Alliance for High Quality Education in partnership with the business group Ohio Excels and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a think tank.

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Teachers unions have continued to express support for graduation opportunities that aren’t dependent only on test scores.

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