By Dustin Ensinger
Buckeye Valley High School sophomores continue to outperform their peers on the annual Ohio Graduation Test.
In the five subjects on which students are tested – writing, reading, math, social studies and science – Buckeye Valley students bested the state average, according to preliminary results of the 2013-14 tests.
“We’re heading in the right direction with some curriculum changes we’ve made,” said Buckeye Valley High School Principal Jim Albanese.
Across the state, 88 percent of students passed the writing portion of the test. Buckeye Valley students passed the test at a 91 percent clip, down from the 93 percent that passed the test in the 2012-13 school year.
“It’s one area we could probably focus on,” Albanese said.
On the reading portion of the test, 95 percent of Buckeye Valley students passed, besting the state average of 89 percent and the 2012-13 rate of 92 percent. Sixty-two percent of the district’s sophomores were deemed advanced or accelerated in reading.
While the percentage of students that passed the math section of the exam fell from 96 percent in the 2012-13 school year to 94 percent 2013-14 school year, it still far exceeded the state average of 82 percent.
“We’re blowing the state average away in math,” Albanese said.
Eighty-one percent of the 10th-graders who took the test were deemed to be advanced or accelerated in the subject.
“It’s an incredible number,” Albanese said.
Social studies was an area of improvement, as 91 percent of students passed that portion of the test, up 5 percentage points from the previous year. Statewide, just 83 percent of students scored a passing grade on that section of the exam.
The biggest improvement came in the science field, with 91 percent of students passing, an 8-percentage point improvement over the 2012-13 school year. Across the state, 77 percent of students passed that portion of the exam.
“We always have room for improvement,” Albanese said.
Dustin Ensinger can be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @EnsingerDG.