CONTENT AND OPERATION
Ohio Core: a new minimum high school curriculum
To earn a high school diploma, students of school districts and nonpublic schools must complete their high school's curriculum, which must at least satisfy the minimum high school curriculum prescribed in state law, except that disabled students instead must complete their individualized education plans (or IEPs). In addition, students of school districts, community schools, and chartered nonpublic schools must pass the state high school proficiency or achievement tests.
The bill prescribes a new minimum high school curriculum, called the "Ohio Core," first applying to the Class of 2011. Thus, students entering the ninth grade in the 2007-2008 school year in any public or private school will be subject to the new minimum curriculum. (See COMMENT 1.) As with the current state minimum high school curriculum, the new Ohio Core continues to consist of 20 units of study, but the distribution of those units among subject areas is changed from current law. The following table compares the bill's Ohio Core curriculum with the current minimum state high school curriculum: