Bill Analysis and Impact

In order to graduate high school, Ohio students are required to take one-half unit of American History, one-half unit of American Government, and two units of additional social studies coursework.  Since the 2004-2005 school year, high school students have been required to World History to adequately prepare for the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT), which includes questions from both American History and World History.   The Ohio Graduation Test is schedule to be phased out during the 2014-2015 school year, which means that students would no longer be required to take Modern World History during their high school years.   Senate Bill 96 will guarantee that Ohio students continue learn about Modern World History and world cultures into the future.  The bill is virtually budget neutral for the state and most local school districts (see Fiscal Note and Local Impact Statement for SB 96).   The bill also provides flexibility for home school students and students in public and independent schools to meet the requirement (see Prioritizing Flexibility for Local Education Units /Agencies), and it will not impact students learning about American History and Government as prescribed by SB 165 and the Ohio Revised Code.  However, Senate Bill 96 will better prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century and fulfill the promises of state leaders to provide our children with a “world-class education.”

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