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Seven of 12 school districts see increase in OGT success

September 16, 2013
By TOM GIAMBRONI - Staff Writer ( , Salem News

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.

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The following are the percentage of sophomores who passed:

2013 2012

Beaver Local 73.4 percent73 percent

Columbiana 81 percent76.6 percent

Crestview 69 percent81.4 percent

East Liverpool 54.1 percent48.8 percent

East Palestine 68.9 percent64 percent

Leetonia 67.5 percent54 percent

Lisbon 69.5 percent76.3 percent

Salem 67.2 percent72.7 percent

Southern Local 64.1 percent73.5 percent

United Local 72.8 percent69.7 percent

Wellsville 64.3 percent72.2 percent

BOSS 50.8 percent48.9 percent

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.



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