December has gone by like a whirlwind. Our students continue to prepare themselves for success in the classroom between concerts, games and matches. After the Christmas break, the first two weeks will finish up the first semester and include exams. A semester exam schedule was given to all students in grades 7-12 for their parents’ inspection for the exams on Thursday, January 16 – Friday, January 17, 2020. We will begin the second semester Tuesday, January 21. Semester grade reports will be mailed on Friday, January 24.
As semester testing begins, it serves to remind that our present seniors will be the third class that will be using the Ohio end-of-course tests as a requirement for graduation. As we make our way into the second semester and into the spring state testing, this and further information is worth noting again. The Class of 2020 (seniors) are required to take seven end-ofcourse exams that the state of Ohio is providing in the following areas: English I and II, Algebra I, Geometry, American History, American Government and Biology.
Each test is scored 1-5 with five being the highest score. A total of 18 points (at least four total points needed for the two English tests, four points for the two math tests, and six points in the other three tested areas) is required to meet the state graduation requirement along with the credit requirements set up by the state of Ohio and our local Wayne Trace board of education. Our seventh graders will be tested in the areas of reading and math, while our eighth graders will be tested in reading, math, and science. One change, according to the State, starting this year the freshman will not have to take the English 1 state test. For the fourth year in a row, the American Institute for Research (AIR) is the company that is being used by the state of Ohio for all assessments in all areas. Testing will occur the third week of April for English Language Arts, and the end of April and early in May for the other tests. We will keep you informed as testing time draws nearer.
Wayne Trace Junior/Senior High School is a great place to learn! If you have questions, please do not hesitate in contacting your son/daughter’s teachers. We will continuously strive to provide the best education to our students.