On March 17, 2021, the Ohio Senate passed an amended version of HB 67—which allows juniors and seniors to use course grades in place of test scores for the 2020-2021 (current) school year in order to meet graduation requirements. The Ohio House concurred with the Senate’s amendments on the same day, and the bill (which includes an emergency clause allowing it to become effective immediately) and Gov. DeWine signed HB 67 on March 20. Click here to view the legislation and all relevant legislative service commission summaries: https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-HB-67.
Passed in response to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, HB 67 also permits schools to grant a high school diploma to students who had been on track to graduate prior to the Pandemic, if the principal determines the student has successfully completed the high school curriculum or individualized education program. In addition, it extends state testing windows for an extra week this upcoming spring, requires the state to seek the federally offered waiver of certain accountability standards for 2020-2021, and allows students to qualify for graduation by earning the OhioMeansJobs Readiness seal and completing the minimum course requirements.
HB 67 applies to the WebXam assessment and like last school year, career-tech students (juniors and seniors) will be permitted to use their final course grade in lieu of WebXam scores as necessary. However, schools still need to administer the WebXam assessment for career-tech students, given the lack of a Federal waiver for end of course testing.
- by Will Vorys, Attorney, Dickinson Wright, Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel