TROY — Troy City Schools curriculum director informed the board of education that all high school juniors will be taking the national ACT test this spring.
The first statewide administration of the college and career readiness test will be in the spring of 2017. Districts will select either the ACT or SAT to administer to the class of 2018.
Michael Moore said it will be the first time the district has offered the students the test.
“All of our juniors will participate in ACT testing,” Moore said. “It’s the first time we’ve done it.”
Moore said the test will be online and is mandatory state-wide.
“The good thing is it’ll give some kids an opportunity to take the ACT who may have not have thought about going to college. This will give everybody a chance. It will also help kids if they need a non-remediation score that may help them if they are low on graduation points.”
Moore said the challenge to administer the ACT to the entire class of 2018 is testing its Upper Valley Career Center students, West Central and David L. Brown students.
The state of Ohio is covering the costs of administrating the test and the cost of the tests.
“So it’s at not cost to the district in dollars in and dollars out,” Moore said. “It’ll be interesting to see how well they do.”
Moore said he is unsure how test scores will be affected if students opt out of the testing on the state report card. Moore said he hopes all students take advantage of the free ACT test. The cost of an ACT test is approximately $57 including a written test.
According to the Ohio Department of Education, “Each student may use the highest score in each subscore from multiple administrations of a test to meet the student’s graduation requirement option. This would include the state-funded administration, which will be given to all Ohio students in the spring of their junior year and additional attempts that students take and fund through non-state resources during their academic careers.
“Students who meet the remediation-free scores in all three subscore areas under a single test will meet the requirements for graduation under this option. These students will receive Ohio diplomas upon completion of the curriculum requirements.
“As part of the state and federal reporting requirements, districts are required to submit student scores for the following state end-of-course tests: geometry or math II, English language arts II, biology, American history and American government. Therefore, districts do need to administer these tests to all students.”
The ACT will be given to students online sometime between March 21 to April 4.
Moore also shared this year’s seniors will be the last graduating class to have to take the Ohio Graduation Tests to graduate.
Superintendent Eric Herman reported the new laws proposed by Gov. John Kasich and how it will affect the district. Herman reported a new CCW clause will allow CCW carriers to have their guns locked inside their cars on school property, but still banned inside the school and on school grounds. Herman also stated Kasich has proposed three business partners to be added to school boards with non-voting roles. Vice-President Joyce Reives noted that all current board members had plenty of business experience between the five of them.
Herman also reported to the board they have narrowed down dates for the district’s Community Input Meetings. The locations have not yet been determined. The dates are March 14, April 4 and May 2 from 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. The locations will be released at a later date.
The board approved various employments, resignations and retirements. Retired Forest Elementary School Principal Alan Zunke was approved to substitute as the building’s principal for the rest of the school year due to current principal Paul Hohlbein’s health issues.
The board approved to move its April meeting to April 17 due to the district’s spring break.