But instead of needing certain scores on those tests, students could earn a diploma by meeting two of nine unrelated standards that include good senior-year attendance, strong senior-year classroom grades, work/service hours and a variety of other options. Students who already passed state tests would still qualify to graduate via that route.
SEPTEMBER: Work group recommends graduation changes
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The amendment sets largely the same graduation alternatives for the Class of 2020, with a few tweaks. Work/service hours and “capstone projects” for Class of 2020 students would have to meet standards set by ODE, and the strong classroom grades option would apply to courses taken in both junior and senior year.
The changes to the graduation requirements are being considered because of fears that many more students would not earn diplomas if they had to pass new harder state exams to do so.
JULY 2017: State OKs softer graduation rules for Class of 2018
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