Ohio graduation, testing changes set for vote

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio high-schoolers beginning with the class of 2018 will see new graduation requirements and receive free college-admission testing under a legislative compromise heading toward approval.

The changes faced House and Senate votes Wednesday, after clearing a conference committee Tuesday.

New rules would begin with this fall's ninth graders. They reduce elective requirements and establish seven end-of-course exams in math, science, U.S. history and government, and English to replace the Ohio Graduation Test.

A state Education Department spokesman says the bill provides families a definite timetable for planned replacement of the graduation test.

Students taking accelerated options, such as Advanced Placement, would be exempted from end-of-course exams in the related subject area. A remediation-free score on a nationally-recognized college admission test or an industry-recognized credential also could substitute for end-of-course testing.