Friday, October 1, 2004
Did you know?
Each Ohio achievement or proficiency test administered in grades 3 (reading and math), 4 (all five subjects), 5 (reading) and 6 (all five subjects), and the Ohio Graduate Test take 2.5 hours to administer. That means a student could spend at least 45 hours taking Ohio state tests before they graduate - longer if they fail any section and must retake it.
Each Kentucky state test administered in grades 3-12 takes 90 minutes. All grades have four tests, except for grades 3, 6 and 9, which have one each. That means a student also could spend 45 hours taking state tests before they graduate. Students who fail any portion of the tests do not retake them.
College entrance exams have spawned a $250 million test prep industry that includes books, online tutorials and classroom courses or tutors that cost more than $800.
SAT verbal scores this year rose 1 point to 508. Average math scores fell 1 point from last year to 518, but average math scores are up 14 points compared to 10 years ago.
The number of SAT takers among the high school class of 2004 rose to an all-time high of 1,419,007.
The national average ACT composite score for 2004 was 20.9, an increase from 20.8 in 2003.
About one in 5,000 of the 2004 graduates who took the ACT scored a perfect score of 36.
Ohio is among the top five states in numbers of ACT-tested graduates
Sources: Ohio Department of Education, Kentucky Department of Education, Education Industry Association, College Board and ACT
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