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Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2023


Junior year begins the quickly accelerating downhill slope of realization that graduation is coming soon. As emotions of excitement, nervousness, and optimism for the future arise, many juniors begin to wonder if all of the graduation requirements are met. With the last two years of changing rules and guidelines due to the global pandemic, the feelings of uncertainty of how to get to the graduation stage in May of 2023 aren’t irrational. 

The biggest change between the class of 2022 and the class of 2023 is Ohio’s state testing required. While the class of 2022 is required to obtain 18 points on 7 end-of-course state tests, the class of 2023 must earn a passing score only on the Algebra 1 and English 2 AIR tests. This is a big relief for people who believe that testing is maybe not a strength.  But if even these two tests are a concern,  no need to freak out! Students have three other options to earn graduation credit, depending on how one plans to spend the future. A student can

  • enlist in any of the branches of the military, 
  • complete college-level math or English courses through the CCP program, 
  • or demonstrate two career-focused activities. 


Many students know the number of credits that they need to graduate, but many are unaware of the third and final part of meeting graduation requirements:  demonstrate readiness. To demonstrate readiness, you need two complete two or more diploma seals. Diploma seals include:

  •  OhioMeansJobs Readiness Seal, 
  • Industry-Recognized Credential Seal, 
  • College-Ready Seal, 
  • Military Enlistment Seal, 
  • Citizenship Seal, 
  • Science Seal, 
  • Honors Diploma Seal, 
  • Seal of Biliteracy, 
  • Technology Seal, 
  • Community Service Seal,
  •  Fine and Performing Arts Seal, 
  • and the Student Engagement Seal. 


These seals are a chance for academic, professional, and technical skills to be demonstrated. They align with a student’s interests and plans following graduation. 

While the last couple of years have been uncertain, your journey to graduation does not have to be. Making meetings with your guidance counselor, staying involved in school, and keeping up with your schoolwork is sure to keep you on the path of success to graduate in the spring of 2023.

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    Madeline Van BenschotenOct 5, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Very informative!
    There was information listed in this article that I wasn’t aware of! I would be interested in learning more about the various ways to demonstrate readiness.

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    Tricia BeckerSep 27, 2021 at 9:15 am

    I would love to see some of our students receive the seal of biliteracy!