More kids passing grad test on 1st try | The Columbus Dispatch.

Here is some good news, I guess; more students passed all 5 sections of the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) this year than in past years.  This article by Jennifer Smith Richards, is worth a look through.

Statewide, 69.5 percent of

10th-graders passed all

five sections, up from

65.8 percent last year.

Are kids getting better at these tests, are the tests getting easier, are we doing a better job of educating students, or none of the above.  I was pretty disappointed that the Dispatch didn’t ask these questions but just reported on the results.  Our students were a bit below the average number of 69.5%, but overall they did very well.  I never look to the tests as high bars of success.  In fact, it is a lower bar of success compared to students achieving good grades in college courses.  Don’t get me wrong, I am ALWAYS excited when  students pass the tests.  I want them to be able to get through these, but they are not an indication of life-readiness or college-readiness.  We need to be cautious about what conclusions we draw when it comes to these tests and students success on them (again, not taking away a congratulatory pat on the back for the kiddos).  -Ed