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Important College Credit Plus Eligibility Announcement for 2022/23

The State of Ohio has passed a ruling change regarding student eligibility for participation in Ohio’s dual enrollment program, College Credit Plus (CCP).

This ruling change went into effect on February 13, 2022. It allows students to demonstrate eligibility for CCP with GPA. Keep reading for more details….

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Prior to COVID, students demonstrated that they were academically ready for CCP with “assessment threshold scores” above certain levels on certain exams. On the ACT, a student needed to score (at a minimum) an 18 in English, a 22 in Reading, and a 22 in Math. Eligibility could also be achieved through other assessments like SAT, ACCUPLACER, ALEKS, and others. Click here for the list.

When COVID struck, the state broadened eligibility criteria to include achieving a cumulative, unweighted high school GPA over 3.0. This change was necessary as students were suddenly unable to sit for tests.

With this latest ruling, they have considered what started as a temporary change and have implemented it as law for the 2022/23 school year.

The ruling specifically says a student can be eligible for CCP by meeting any one of the following criteria:

  1. Obtains a remediation-free score on one of the standard assessment exams
  2. Has a cumulative unweighted high school grade point average of at least 3.00
  3. Has a cumulative unweighted high school grade point average of at least 2.75 but less than 3.00 and received an “A” or “B” grade in a relevant high school course.

In addition, if a cumulative unweighted high school grade point average is not available to determine eligibility under #1-3 above, the student can be eligible if the student has received an “A” or “B” grade in a relevant high school course.

A “relevant high school course” is defined as “a high school course that provides the appropriate academic foundation or career-technical education skills for the college course in which the student intends to enroll, as determined by the applicable institution of higher education.” Note the decision about what is a qualified course depends on the college.

CCP is available to students grades 7 through 12. In order for middle school students to utilize the GPA qualification, they will need to have taken relevant high school coursework.

Families need to be aware that some colleges, like Ohio State, use more rigorous qualification criteria for students to participate in their CCP program.

As we discuss in our webinar, each family must determine for themselves if their student is ready to participate in CCP–both academically and from a maturity standpoint (organization, motivation, etc.)

Families also must take the time to be informed of how ACT/SAT testing will continue to play a part in every college-bound student’s future. If you need a boost of information about testing, be sure to check out our ACT/SAT/PSAT testing webinar.


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