Over 1,400 Stark County Students Take EXPLORE Test,
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
new study published by the Stark Education Partnership this week.Ready to Go
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.