1/20/17 – 5:10 A.M.
The principal of Findlay High School brought several questions to a meeting about Ohio graduation requirements this week. Craig Kupferberg tells the Courier that he doesn’t believe the current system of tests is getting students more prepared for college. He says over a 12-year stretch average ACT scores in the state have only improved by sixth-tenths of a point.
Kupferberg says districts keep repeating the same process. New statewide standards are introduced, students score poorly, teachers adjust the curriculum, scores improve. Kupferberg says that’s usually when the state changes the standards again.
Under the state’s current system, roughly half of Findlay’s junior class is in danger of not graduating. The school normally has a 90 percent graduation rate.
The issue stems from the options available to graduate. One involves scoring 18 points or higher on year-end exams, one involves getting a minimum of a 22 point score on the ACT, and the last involves getting a certification from a careers center. Kupferberg says each path has its flaws.
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