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Standards Changing For High School Graduation

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In the past, high school students had to pass the Ohio Graduation Test to graduate. But that's about to change.

The state is trying to phase out the test in favor of a series of requirements. The problem is that those requirements haven't been decided.

"Our big worry is that next year's 10th-graders, while they are going to be taking the OGT, it's really going to be five new tests because all those items will be newly developed items," said Jennifer Wene, Worthington City Schools director of academic achievement.

Wene said she is concerned because the new standards are not developed and it's difficult to prepare students to be able to take the new assessments.

"All of a sudden, a student's grade is going to be based on that exam that wasn't designed by the teacher, and the teacher doesn't know the content in it. That's a little bit unnerving for both teacher and student," she said.

Wene said that during the switch to the new standards, the class of 2017 would have to take the five parts of the OGT, three new end-of-course assessments, and the PSAT or college readiness test.

The Ohio Department of Transportation said a change in requirements is needed to make sure students are ready for college or career.

"We are hoping for a legislative change that will be able to move us forward to the new series of exams and new graduation requirements. However, if that legislative change does not happen, then we will continue to use the Ohio Graduation Test into the future," said John Charlton, associate director for media relations at the Ohio Department of Education.

In the meantime, Wene said they will continue to teach students with the current standards.

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