This Sunday, in Columbus’ newspaper, The Dispatch, they published an informative piece about Ohio’s standardized tests.  There are tests for the elementary grades, 6th and 8th grade, and finally the Ohio Graduation Test.  Students take the OGT in the spring of their sophomore year.  Our students just completed OGT week (March 14 – 18) and this week those students who were absent will make up their tests.  At any rate, I found this article to be very informative and wanted to rebroadcast it.  I have found that information about the tests in our state can be hard to come by, particularly the cut scores.  Cut scores are basically the percentages that students must have in order to pass the test.  The image below contains info about the cut scores from the Dispatch article.  The image can be fuzzy, but if you click on it, it clears up quite nicely.  I’ve got to compliment Ms. Smith Richards for her great work on what the scores mean.  This was helpful for me as an educator and I imagine would be great for parents as well.  Here is a link to the entire article.  Or if you go to http://www.dispatch.com and search:  Schools’ pass rates on state tests aren’t full story.  Enjoy!  -Ed

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