Saturday, June 13, 2009

Gaming the System

Olentangy once again trumpets its ranking on the Newsweek list of top schools. Let's take a look at the method used to generate the list.

The index is obtained by dividing "the number of Advanced Placement, Intl. Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school in 2008 divided by the number of graduating seniors." OK. So where's the spin?

In Olentangy, students must pay the $90 test fee when registering for AP classes. Why? The district makes students pay the fee since it wants them to take the test, regardless the result. So, even if a student is expecting a low score, there is a lot of pressure to take the test anyway.

Someone needs to tell the Ohio Board of Regents that simply taking an AP test equals college preparedness. For some reason, OBR believes that Olentangy has a high college remediation rate. Go figure.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

When I went to school we had to pay the fee if we did poorly on the test. With the Olentangy cash flow level they do not worry about accountability and that is too bad.