Last week, sophomores at Bellefontaine High School took the Ohio Graduation Tests. The tests include Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science.
All Ohio high school students must pass every subject in order to graduate.
Sophomores have been attending review sessions during A/I twice a week to practice for the OGTs.
The freshmen took practice OGTs all week. If they score high enough on the practice exams, they will be allowed to exempt the practice sessions their sophomore year.
Any upperclassmen that have not passed one or more sections of the OGTs were required to come in on the specified days to retake those subjects.
Juniors and seniors that have passed all sections of the OGTs ran on a two-hour delay schedule, so school didn't start until 9:30. Students said they used the time to catch up on sleep, go out to breakfast with friends, or finish homework.
Although OGT week is not a pleasant one to most sophomores, there are a few advantages to trying to pass the tests. Sophomores get to exempt their final exams for the corresponding classes of any sections of the OGTs that they pass. Another advantage to passing is that sophomores will get to enjoy two-hour delays next year.
Listen to Tommy Snapp tell what he has done with his extra time.
Listen to Elijah Green talk about the OGTs.