Seven of 12 school districts see increase in OGT success

LISBON – Overlooked in the news coverage about the results of the revamped state report cards was how students from school districts fared in passing this year’s Ohio Graduation Test.

The OGT is administered every March to high school sophomores across Ohio, testing them on reading, mathematics, writing, science and social studies. Students must pass all five tests to graduate and have their junior and senior years to do so.

The results for this year’s OGTs were released in June, and seven of the 12 school districts in Columbiana County saw an increase in the percentage of students who passed. Registering increases were Beaver Local, Columbiana, East Liverpool, East Palestine, Leetonia, United Local and the Buckeye Online School for Success.

Columbiana regained the top spot, which was held last year by Crestview, while BOSS again came in last.

OGT results tend to fluctuate from year to year, as evident by Crestview’s 12 percent drop and Leetonia’s 13 percent increase.

Like the state report card, the OGTs are in the process of being phased out and will be replaced in the 2014-15 school year with a series of tests tied to the new Common Core curriculum.

The new arrangement will include a new test as well as separate exams to be given at the end of 10 high school courses. The OGT replaced the ninth-grade proficiency test in 2005.