2009-06-20 / News

Lakewood sees big improvements in OGT tests

By Scott Rawdon

HEBRON - Preliminary results show that Lakewood students made great strides this year on their OGT scores, said Arnie Ettenhofer, pupil services director, during the June 10 Lakewood School Board meeting. He said 123 students of 163 who took the challenging Ohio Graduation Test passed all five sections. "That's huge," he said.

Ettenhofer said the tenth grade results are similar to last year when all five indicators were met. "We did go up in every category (of five) except one," he said.

Superintendent Jay Gault said one student received a 582 score in science. "That's the best you can do," he said. "We had some really impressive scores this year."

Ettenhofer said only one student didn't graduate because of the OGT, but that student joined the district in the middle of the year and didn't receive the same preparation as other Lakewood students.

According to the Ohio Department of Education, students who do not pass one or more tests on their first attempt will retake the tests they need to pass during their junior and senior years. Ohio Graduation Tests are administered each fall and spring, with an optional summer administration available within some school districts. Passing the test is required to graduate.

In other Lakewood School Board news:

• Ettenhofer said the district was awarded a school improvement $60,000 grant for Hebron Elementary School, effective next year.

Gault said, "It's just money that I truly believe was created by (federal) stimulus money, but I'm not for sure on that." He added, "We are primarily looking at upgrading technology in that building."

Ettenhofer said the ODE's Office of Federal Programs received the grant application. He said the money would be used to improve the quality of instruction in the Hebron building. This could include areas such as staff professional development, student assessment tools, student intervention programs, and technology.

• The school board is holding a work session Monday, June 22, 7 a.m. at the Lakewood Local School District Offices to discuss feedback from the June 2 community meeting regarding the district's budget and a possible levy in the fall.

• Board members congratulated the Lakewood Lancers softball team, which won its second state championship in a row. Ettenhofer said the Newark Advocate's sports staff named team Coach Criss Nadolson as Coach of the Year and he believes Nadolson was selected as the Central District Division III Coach of the Year, as well.

"We have a lot to be proud of in our school district," said Board President Joe Bowman, Jr.

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