Ohio lawmakers OK graduation, testing changes

 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.

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