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Ohio Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2019

To earn a high school diploma in Ohio, students must complete the state’s required courses, then choose at least one pathway that will show readiness for college or career. These graduation requirements were set and adopted by the Ohio Legislature for students in the Class of 2019 and beyond.

Cincinnati Public Schools’ students have three pathways to meet the state requirements to earn a high school diploma, which allows students to select which works best for them.

If you are in high school, you should be talking with your school counselor about graduation. The counselors can provide details about the graduation requirements and help make sure you are on track to graduate on time.

To graduate in 2019 and in future years:

Complete Courses and Requirements = 20 credits

CPS students must pass certain courses in order to graduate, in order to earn 20 credits. Students must take courses in specific subjects — English language arts, Health, Math, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies and electives.

Students also must receive instruction in economics and financial literacy, and complete at least two semesters of fine arts.

Choose At Least One of These Pathways to Show Readiness for College or Career

Ohio’s State Tests — Earn at least 18 points on seven end-of-course or “AIR” state tests. Each test score earns the student up to five graduation points. Students must have a minimum of four points in math, four points in English and six points across science and social studies, plus four additional points in other areas.

Students must earn a total of 18 points in:

  • Algebra I and Geometry
  • Biology
  • American History
  • American Government
  • English I and English II

Industry credential and workforce readiness — Earn a minimum of 12 points by receiving an industry-recognized credential =in a single career field and earn the required score on WorkKeys, a work-readiness test. Ohio will pay for students to take the WorkKeys test one time.

College and career-readiness tests - Earn remediation-free scores in math and English language arts on either the ACT or SAT college-entrance exams.

Remediation-free ACT scores:

  • English – 18
  • Reading – 22
  • Math – 22

Cincinnati Public Schools give the ACT for free to all 11th-graders each spring.

Want more information? Visit the Ohio Department of Education’s website

Academic Content Standards

Ohio and Cincinnati Public Schools have implemented academic content standards for four subjects — English-Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.

The standards, which set out clearly what students should learn at each grade level, were phased into use in CPS' classrooms under its Vision i5 Campaign - Imagine, Illuminate, Innovate, Invest and Inspire - launched in 2012. Full implementation began in 2014-15, with state assessments aligned to the new standards.

Content standards help Cincinnati Public Schools ensure that written curriculum, classroom instruction and tests of learning all match — an alignment that research suggests makes a powerful impact on student achievement. If the alignment is not strong, factors such as family income and parents’ education levels loom much larger in student performance, studies suggest.

CPS' content standards teach students less material, yet allow them to master more knowledge. Students will learn more in-depth subject content than before.

CPS uses Ohio's Learning Standards in our curriculum. The standards are incorporated into all CPS professional development, focusing on teaching strategies and assessments.

Ohio's Learning Standards

Parents' Guides and Posters

Parents' Guides to CPS' Learning Standards, created by the National PTA, cover grades K-8; and there is one Guide covering high school English-Language Arts and one Guide covering high school mathematics.

View and print the National PTA's Parents' Guide to Student Success
(English and Spanish)

French and Arabic Translations
National PTA Parents' Guides to Student Success (PDFs) —

Kindergarten — FrenchArabic
1st Grade —  FrenchArabic
2nd Grade — French —  Arabic
3rd Grade —  FrenchArabic
4th Grade —  FrenchArabic
5th Grade —  FrenchArabic
6th Grade — FrenchArabic
7th Grade — FrenchArabic
8th Grade — FrenchArabic

High School English / Language Arts - French, Arabic
High School Mathematics - French, Arabic

Learning Standards Posters:  Colorful posters (24 in. by 36 in.) are displayed in Cincinnati Public Schools’ classrooms to give students overviews of what they are learning under Ohio's Learning Standards.

The posters (English-Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies) can be printed onto 8 ½ by 11-inch paper.

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