Ohio HS Juniors May Not Graduate in 2018

(Columbus, OH) 30 percent of Ohio's high school juniors are in danger of not graduating next year. But the state school board hopes lawmakers will approve a plan to try to divert that crisis. 

2018 high school graduation requirements mean a student must complete a minimum of 20 credits, then earn a passing score of 18 points on seven end-of-course state tests, earn a passing score on a college admissions exam, or earn an industry credential. 

Students would still take the exams, but could still graduate if they meet at least two other conditions, such as 93 percent attendance, a senior GPA of 2.5 or 120 hours of senior work experience or community service. 

The relaxed standards came from a work committee that included Findlay's high school principal. But the Ohio General Assembly must adopt the suggested standards, putting the fate of the class of 2018 in the hands of state lawmakers.

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