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.
The college readiness test could be offered free to all Ohio sophomores as soon as next year under the timeline announced by the state Education Department, Board of Regents and state school board. That test and the 10 subject-area exams that replace the OGT would be required by the 2014-15 school year. The series of end-of-course or end-of-year subject tests will be in core high school subjects of English I, II and III; Algebra I; Geometry; Algebra II; Biology; Physical Science; American History; and American Government. Test scores would be factored into a modified accountability system the state continues developing.