CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – Proposed changes to Ohio’s high school graduation requirements will mean “more oversight” by the school board on alternative programs.
Centerville City Schools’ secondary curriculum coordinator Adam Ciarlariello says alternative pathways are “critical” for schools, as it gives students more options to explore.
“Testing isn’t the only way to measure student success,” Ciarlariello said. “And the philosophy and the principles behind these alternative means of graduation does help a number of students.”
He explained, so far, it’s been mostly up to local school districts across Ohio to determine what may or may not qualify as potential credits towards graduation. But the State Board of Education’s latest proposal would create more of a structure for school districts.
“The new proposal will have a little more substance to that and allow for a little more oversight by the state and have a little more guidance from the state,” Ciarlariello said. “The current alternative pathways are a little more locally driven. There wasn’t a ton of oversight or guidelines that were really shared.”