Diploma

State of Ohio Graduation Requirements: Demonstrating Readiness with Diploma Seals

Ohio high school graduation requirements have several facets that students need to complete including fulfilling curriculum requirements, meeting competency requirements, and demonstrating readiness for the steps after school in order to receive their diploma. For the classes of 2021 and 2022, you can find the details here. For the classes of 2023 and below, you can find the details here.

In this article, we wanted to examine the diploma seals mentioned as part of the requirements. For the classes of 2021 and 2022, you might not have to concern yourself with these if you choose the original pathway provided on page one of this document. The seals became part of the optional pathway laid out in page two. Students who are following the first pathway can still earn seals and have them affixed to their diploma and transcript. (Olentangy Local School District issued an email for seniors on 9/10/20 regarding the biliteracy seal. It can be found here.)

For the class of 2023 and beyond, the seals have been incorporated into your requirements to show students are prepared for college or careers.

“Ohio law created twelve seals for students to demonstrate academic, technical and professional readiness for careers, college, the military or self-sustaining professions. Each seal allows students to demonstrate knowledge and skills essential for future success.”  Students must earn two diploma seals, and one will need to be “state defined.”

Ohio’s Graduation Requirements: Long-Term Requirements 2023 and Beyond as of February 2020 lays out in detail all the information for each seal for the class of 2023 and beyond. Below is the summary (we have noted the page numbers for each diploma seal in this document):

 

State-Defined Diploma Seals Requirements
OhioMeans Jobs-Readiness Seal
(pg. 32-35)
Meet the requirements and criteria established for the readiness seal, including demonstration of work-readiness and professional competencies.
State Seal of Biliteracy
(pg. 36-40)
Meet the requirements and criteria, including proficiency requirements on assessments in a world language and English.
Industry-Recognized Credential Seal
(pg. 25-27)
Earn a 12-point approved industry-recognized credential or group of credentials totaling 12 points in a single career field.
College-Ready Seal
(pg. 41-42)
Earn remediation-free scores on the ACT or SAT. Visit the Department’s website to see current remediation-free scores.
Military Enlistment Seal
(pg. 15-19)
Provide evidence that a student has enlisted in a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces; or Participate in an approved JROTC program.
Technology Seal (pg. 20-24) A student can:
1. Earn a score that is at least equivalent to proficient on an appropriate Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam;
2. Earn a final course grade that is equivalent to a “B” or higher in an appropriate class taken through the College Credit Plus program; or
3. Complete a course offered through the district or school that meets guidelines developed by the Department. (A district or school is not required to offer a course that meets those guidelines.)
Citizenship Seal
(pg. 28-31)
A student can:
1. Earn a score of proficient or higher on both the American history and American government end-of-course exams;
2. Earn a score that is at least equivalent to proficient on appropriate Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams; or
3. Earn a final course grade that is equivalent to a “B” or higher in appropriate classes taken through the College Credit Plus program.
Science Seal
(pg. 43-45)
A student can:
1. Earn a score of proficient or higher on the biology end-of-course exam;
2. Earn a score that is at least equivalent to proficient on appropriate Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams; or
3. Earn a final course grade that is equivalent to a “B” or higher in an appropriate class taken through the College Credit Plus program.
Honors Diploma
(pg. 46-51)
Earn one of six Honors Diplomas outlined below:
1. Academic Honors Diploma
2. International Baccalaureate Honors Diploma
3. Career-Tech Honors Diploma
4. STEM Honors Diploma
5. Arts Honors Diploma
6. Social Science and Civic Engagement Honors Diploma

 

Locally-Defined Diploma Seals* Requirements
Community Service Seal (locally defined) Complete a community service project aligned with the guidelines adopted by the school district’s local board of education or school governing authority.
Student Engagement Seal (locally defined) Participate in extracurricular activities such as athletics, clubs or student government to a meaningful extent, as determined by guidelines adopted by the school district’s local board of education or school governing authority.
Fine and Performing Arts Seal (locally defined) Demonstrate skill in the fine or performing arts according to an evaluation aligned with guidelines adopted by the school district’s local board of education or school governing authority.

*State law requires districts and schools to develop guidelines for at least one of the locally defined diploma seals.


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