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August 27, 2010
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College Guides
Recent college graduates, Kayla Johnson, Sarah Clark, and Jeremy Duerr are working as Ohio College Guides to support student applications to college at Alliance, Washington and McKinley high schools. The Guides, supervised by the Stark Education Partnership, participated in training during August. Funding for the guides is provided through grants from the Ohio College Access Network and the Stark Education Partnership.
United Way of Greater Stark County is funding Dray Snyder as College Connector at Timken High School to support student applications to college.

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Over 1,400 Stark Ready to GoCounty Students Take EXPLORE Test, Outperforming Nation

Stark County 8th graders are already outperforming the national average on college and career readiness, but there are areas that can be strengthened to promote even greater success. Those are the findings of Ready to Go: Using the EXPLORE Test to Increase 8th Grade Readiness for Success, a new study published by the Stark Education Partnership this week.

Ready to Go looks at the results of a year-long pilot using EXPLORE, the 8th grade version of the ACT Test, during the 2009-10 academic year. The pilot was conducted in the Canton City, Plain Local and Marlington Local School Districts and was jointly funded by the Stark Education Partnership (SEP) and Ohio College Access Network (OCAN). One thousand four hundred and forty-four 8th graders participated, providing the first in-depth look at middle school college readiness in Stark County.

Such a look is important as Ohio's current system of school tests are not aligned with college readiness standards. For schools and districts, the wealth of data supplied by EXPLORE helps inform curriculum and instructional delivery. Currently, only about 10% of all Ohio 8th graders take the EXPLORE Test.

Encouraged by the results of Ready to Go, SEP will offer to fund the EXPLORE Test for all 17 districts this coming year.
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