State education leaders have agreed to replace the Ohio Graduation Test with a nationally standardized college readiness test, such as the ACT, and 10 subject-area exams.
The college readiness test could be offered free to all Ohio sophomores as soon as next year under the timeline announced Tuesday by the state Education Department, Board of Regents and state school board.
That test and the 10 subject-area exams that replace the OGT would be required by the 2014-15 school year.
Officials have rescheduled the release of Ohio school and district ratings that have been delayed amid a statewide review of student-attendance data.
The Ohio Department of Education now tentatively plans to release the report cards Wednesday. Results are still considered preliminary as Ohio Auditor Dave Yost investigates enrollment and attendance irregularities around the state.
The Ohio Board of Education voted to release the eagerly-awaited information, in part because Election Day is approaching and many districts are pursuing levy and bond issues.