Senate Bill (SB) 311, also known as the Ohio Core, was enacted in 2007 and directed the State Board of Education to adopt a plan that would enable students to earn units of high school credit based on demonstration of subject area competency, instead of or in combination with, completing hours of classroom instruction. The State Board of Education adopted Ohio's plan for credit flexibility on March 29, 2009. The State Board's plan for credit flexibility requires all boards of education to comply with the provisions of the State Board's plan by adopting local board policy. Full implementation of the board policy must be reached by the start of the 2010-11 school year, unless a waiver is approved by the Ohio Department of Education.

General Resources

Ohio Administrative Code 3301-35-01(08)

ODE Credit Flexibility Web page

ODE Credit Flexibility contact list

State Board of Education Credit Flexibility Plan (June 2009)

ODE Credit Flexibility Web Conference Series

OSBA model policy IGBM, Credit Flexibility

OSBA model regulation IGBM-R, Credit Flexibility

ODE Credit Flexibility Guidance Documents

General Implementation (6/3/2010)

School Finance (5/26/2010)

Who Pays the Costs? (9/15/2010)

Credit Flexibility Fee Flowchart

HQT Requirements (3/17/2010)

HQT Reqirements Update (9/15/2010)

Design and Selection of Assessment Instruments Guidance Letter #2010-1 (3/30/2010)

Gifted Education (8/20/2010)

AP Exams Update (9/15/2010)

Students with Disabilities (2/24/2010)

Career-Technical Education Credit Flexibility (CTE Credit Flex) Guidance (8/23/2010)

Physical Education (9/15/2010)

Athletic Eligibility (6/3/2010)

NCAA Interpretation of "Nontraditional Coursework"; Impact on Credit Flexibility (6/15/2010)

For more information, please contact Lenore Winfrey, senior administrative assistant of legal services, at (614) 540-4000.