State education leaders have agreed on a plan for replacing the Ohio Graduation Test with a nationally standardized college readiness test, such as the ACT, and 10 subject-area exams.
The decision to scrap the Ohio Graduation Test, OGT, and substitute a tougher series of tests will be a change felt by students and families across the state.
The change is coming as Ohio leaders grow increasingly concerned about the number of high school graduates who receive a diploma, yet are academically unfit to enter college. Educators at both levels have pointed to a disconnect between the K-12 and higher education systems that they are now trying to address.
It's all part of an effort to boost the state's college graduation rate of 26 percent, compared with the 31 percent national average.