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Ohio High School Graduation Requirements

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The State Board of Education has asked the Ohio General Assembly to extend alternative graduation requirements while school districts help students adjust to the tougher new rules established two years ago.

The alternative requirements permit students to do service projects or meet other benchmarks besides test achievement for graduation.

But state lawmakers haven’t yet voted on the proposed extension, leaving some students and school districts in limbo.

Today on All Sides: What it takes to graduate from high school in Ohio, now and in the future.


  • Patrick O’Donnell, education reporter, Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • Andy Chow, reporter, Ohio Statehouse News Bureau
  • Stephanie Dodd, member, Ohio Board of Education
  • Senator Matt Huffman, republican member of the Ohio Senate, vice chairman of the Senate Education Committee