COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio high school students beginning with the class of 2018 will see new graduation requirements and receive free college-admission testing under a legislative compromise approved by lawmakers.
Legislators approved a bill Wednesday that Gov. John Kasich says he'll sign.
New rules would begin with this fall's ninth-graders. They reduce elective requirements and establish seven end-of-course exams in English, math, science, and U.S. history and government to replace the Ohio Graduation Test.
A state Education Department spokesman says the bill also provides families a timetable for the planned replacement.
Students taking accelerated options, such as Advanced Placement, would be exempt from end-of-course exams in that related subject. A remediation-free score on a nationally-recognized college admission test or an industry-recognized credential also could substitute for end-of-course testing.