At its meeting on Wednesday, the Stark County P-16 Compact called for the use of ACT Incorporated's EPAS testing system as the state's new college and career ready assessments.
Ohio has not yet reached a decision as to which tests will serve to fulfill the legislative charge that "the state board of education, the superintendent of public instruction, and the chancellor of the Ohio board of regents shall develop a system of college and work ready assessments ... to assess whether each student upon graduating from high school is ready to enter college or the workforce." Such a system will replace the Ohio Graduation Test.
The EPAS system, which consists of the Explore test at the 8th or 9th grade, Plan at the 10th, and the ACT test at the 11th or 12th grade, is already used voluntarily by numerous school districts across the state. Over 186,000 Ohio students took one of the tests last year.
Earlier in the week, the final report of the Complete College Ohio Task Force recommended "a nationally standardized readiness assessment to be given in 10th grade to facilitate educational planning for the remainder of high school." The task force noted that "options include the ACT PLAN and the PSAT, or their equivalents, to be implemented no later than the 2014-15 school year" and further recommended that the ACT or SAT test be given in the junior or senior year of high school.
Founded in 2002 as Ohio's first P-16 council, the Stark County P-16 Compact brings together education, philanthropy, business and social service leaders working towards the mutually shared goals of 100% high school graduation and an 80% college going rate.
 Ohio Revised Code 3301.0712