ODE Solicits for New Work Credentials for Graduation
Starting this week and running through year's end, the
Ohio Department of Education (ODE) will take applications from education,
industry and other community representatives looking to add to the list of
professional work credentials that can help qualify a study for high school
Earning a credential or series of credentials, along with
a qualifying score on the WorkKeys job skills assessment, is one way students
can earn a diploma.
ODE assigns points to each recognized credentials, and
students must earn 12 points' worth of credentials to qualify for a diploma
under this graduation pathway. Other pathways focus on achieving certain scores
on state end-of-course exams or college entrance exams like ACT or SAT.
Combinations of credentials must be within the same
career field to qualify a student for graduation.
Credential attainment also affects state report cards,
specifically grades on the Prepared for Success component.
ODE initially focused the list of credentials on those
related to in-demand jobs, as defined by state economic and workforce
development officials. But community stakeholders can petition the district to
add other credentials by showing "significant and ongoing demand" for
such credentials and the skills they quantify.
The application form for new credentials to be recognized
in the 2019-2020 academic year is available at http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Ohio-s-Graduation-Requirements/Industry-Recognized-Credentials-and-WorkKeys/Process-for-adding-new-industry-recognized-credent.
It is due by Monday, Dec. 31.
The list of Ohio's recognized credentials is available at
Story originally published in The Hannah Report on November 6, 2018. Copyright 2018 Hannah News Service, Inc.