Education leaders in Ohio have agreed on a plan to do away with the current Ohio Graduation test that every student must pass in order to get a high school diploma. But in an interview with Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles, the Ohio Department of Education’s John Charlton explains that test will be replaced with others as requested by Ohio lawmakers.
CHARLTON: “Well the OGT will be replaced by a series of end of course or end of year exams in the core high school subjects, which include English, algebra, geometry, biology, physical science, things of that nature.”
INGLES: “And what’s the advantage of this versus the OGT?”
CHARLTON: "Well this is kind of a step forward to reform efforts to ensure all Ohio students have the knowledge and the skills necessary to leave school remediation-free and ready for their -- ready for higher education or workforce training."
The new tests won’t be required until the 2014-2015 school year but could be put in place earlier if possible. Student performance on these required tests is expected to be part of the student’s course grade and a factor in Ohio’s revised accountability system.