Student Consequences

Schools must administer state tests and students are expected to take them. If a student does not participate in state testing, there may be consequences for the student, the student’s teacher, and the school and district.

1. Third Grade Reading Guarantee

a. A student who does not take the state’s grade 3 English language arts test will not have a score on that test and may not be promoted to the fourth grade as part of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, unless an exemption applies. For more information on exemptions, visit the Department’s website.

2. High School Graduation Requirements

 a. A student who entered ninth grade for the first time before July 1, 2014, must meet curriculum requirements and take and pass the Ohio Graduation Tests or meet one of the three graduation options for the Class of 2018 and beyond to earn a high school diploma.

 b. A student who entered ninth grade for the first time on or after July 1, 2014, must meet curriculum requirements and take and reach the needed score on the tests for at least one graduation option to earn a high school diploma. More information on the graduation requirements are on www.education.ohio.gov

These options include:

i. Cumulative performance earned on the state end-of-course tests or their approved    substitutes;

 ii. A remediation-free score on the ACT or SAT college admissions test; or

 iii. A workforce ready score on the WorkKeys test, in combination with an approved industry-recognized credential.

 3. English learners a. A student who does not take the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment cannot exit the English as a Second Language program

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