Ohio Board of Education to make recommendation on high school graduation requirements

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Ohio’s state school board is expected to make its final recommendation on long-term high school graduation requirements as part of its monthly meeting today and Tuesday.

Monday, the state superintendent said he hopes this is the beginning to something long-lasting and that benefits every student.

“We’re about to sort of launch into a conversation on what the long term really look like,” said State superintendent Paolo DeMaria. “We’ve had these transitional pieces and that’s really not the end game. The end game is to put something in place that will last long term.”

So far though business feedback, there are five areas where there’s agreement.

  • Needing options to test a students’ success outside of standardized tests
  • A focus on the importance of equity
  • Identifying students who are “not on track” late in middle school or early in high school
  • Importance of deliberate student planning
  • Emphasis on career advising, work-based learning and industry-recognized credentials

“What we’re trying to do is bring more flexibility and more options to allow students to demonstrate what they know and can do in different ways than simply through a standard test structure,” said DeMaria.

It’s a plan DeMaria says he hopes truly prepares Ohio students for their individual futures.

“So that we at the end of the day still feel like, here’s a student that’s ready and prepared to go on to future success but it may not simply be because they took four units of English, four units of math, and however many units of everything and they got these scores on a bunch of tests.”

Tuesday the board will have a full discussion on those requirements and also vote to send to state legislators.

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