End of Course Exams

In addition to satisfying the high school curriculum requirements, students (graduating in 2019 and beyond) will earn points toward graduation on seven end-of-course exams.  These exams replaced the Ohio Graduation Test.
End of Course Exams
The courses in which students take an end-of-course exam are:
  • English I (students in the class of 2019 and beyond)
  • English II (students in the class of 2019 and beyond)
  • Algebra I (students in the class of 2019 and beyond)
  • Geometry (students in the class of 2019 and beyond)
  •  Biology (all students enrolled)
  •  US History (all students enrolled)
  • American Government (all students enrolled)

Students earn from 1-5 points for each exam, based on their performance.

5 – Advanced
4 – Accelerated
3 – Proficient
2 – Basic
1 – Limited


Graduation Points
Students have the potential to earn a total of 35 points.  To meet this graduation pathway, a student must earn a minimum number of 18 points from the seven tests.  This graduation pathway gives a student flexibility in accumulating 18 points.  A high score on one test can balance a low score on another test.  A student must earn a total of at least four points on English tests, four points on math tests, and six points on science and social studies tests.
College Credit Plus (CCP) courses, in the subject area, will satisfy the end-of-course graduation test requirement for US History, American Government, and Biology.  The college course grade earned under College Credit Plus test score may earn graduation points in place of the end-of-course tests as provided here:




A or B






Not applicable


Not applicable


F – Fail or drop the course


End of Course Retakes
Students that score below proficient on an end-of-course exam may retake it after they receive (20) hours of remediation in the course.  Remediation courses will be offered free of charge during 8th bell.  Additional support can be found below. 
Additional Pathways to Graduation
Students who do not earn the required number of graduation points can still meet the requirements for a diploma if they earn a remediation-free score on a national college admission test (ACT/SAT).  This college admission test will be given to students free of charge in February of their junior year.  
Students can also qualify for graduation by earning an approved industry-recognized credential and achieving a workforce-readiness score (WorkKeys) on a relate job skills assessment.  The WorkKeys assessment has three sections: reading, applied mathematics and locating information.  Students in the class of 2019 must earn a total of 13 points across the three WorkKeys sections; students in the class of 2020 and beyond must earn a total of 14 points.  Students must also earn at least three points on each section of the test.  The workforce-readiness assessment will be given to students free of charge in January of their senior year.  
Additional Resources for End of Course and WorkKeys:

The 2018-2019 state tests will be aligned to the 2010 Ohio’s Learning Standards. These resources are aligned to the 2010 standards and appropriate for use in preparation of the 2018-2019 state tests.

Test items aligned to the 2017 revised standards in English language arts and math could appear as field test items on the 2018-2019 state tests. Field test items do not count for or against a student’s overall score. The 2018-2019 end-of-course tests will be aligned with the revised 2017 Ohio’s Learning Standards in English language arts and math.

This section includes information and resources for parents, students and teachers to utilize in preparing for the upcoming End-of-Course Tests.  Please use this information to help view and answer material that is likely to appear on the Ohio state test.