Why it’s now harder to graduate

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — In a few weeks empty classrooms will be filled with new students and new standards.

“I think they will be more challenging but there are some good things too,” says Ohio Department of Education spokesperson John Charlton when asked about the new standards.

To graduate incoming high school freshmen will now have to pass seven End-of-Course exams in things like English and algebra or get high enough scores on college entrance or workforce readiness exams.

The End-of-Course exams will replace the Ohio Graduation Test.

“We’re trying to raise the bar,” Charlton says. “We’re trying to be more challenging for students.”

Charlton says the Ohio Graduation Test wasn’t difficult enough, measuring only a 10th grade level.

“A lot of kids look at that as a week off because it’s easy to pass those assessments,” Charlton says.

While the End-of-Course exams will be tougher, those with the Ohio Department of Education say they have their advantages.

“You get to take them immediately following the course so that material is still fresh in your mind,” Charlton says.

The Ohio Graduation Test will be given for three more years to those who are sophomores or above, but it’s being changed as well to include the tougher standards.

We wanted to know if the students taking it have had enough time to learn what they need to for the test.

“The school’s have already implemented the new standards and are teaching the new standards,” Charlton says.

The new standards include the national ones known as Common Core.

Some say those standards are too intrusive.

A bill in the Ohio House would do away with them, but it’s yet to be voted on.

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