More than 80 percent of the 10th-grade students at Big Walnut High School passed all five sections of the Ohio Graduation Test given in March, preliminary results from the Ohio Department of Education show.

More than 80 percent of the 10th-grade students at Big Walnut High School passed all five sections of the Ohio Graduation Test given in March, preliminary results from the Ohio Department of Education show.

That passing rate, 80.2 percent, puts Big Walnut second only to Olentangy schools among districts in the county.

Big Walnut's passage rate is about 3 percent higher than 2010's pass rate of 77.1 percent of the students passing all five tests on the first try.

"We have a lot to celebrate with the academic achievement of our students," said Steve Fujii, Big Walnut High School principal. "Eighty percent scored proficient or better in all five subjects, 9 percent in four of the five and another 4 percent in three of the five for a total of 93 percent scoring proficient in at least 3 tests."

The state requires Ohio high school students to pass the five tests to graduate. Those tests are reading, math, writing, science and social studies.

Every 10th-grade student takes the tests and retakes whatever sections aren't passed throughout his or her high school career, Fujii said.

He said in his five years at the high school, only three students did not graduate on time because of their OGT scores.

"Additionally, we are proud of the students who demonstrated extended proficiency. Our math scores demonstrated 39.1 percent (scoring advanced) and 31 percent (scoring) accelerated with an additional 21 percent at the proficient level," Fujii said.

Similar numbers occurred in reading, with 30 percent scoring at the advanced level and 39 percent scoring at the accelerated level.

"This success is almost eclipsed by a passage rate of 52.2 percent at advanced proficient in social studies," Fujii said.

"The important thing to share is that our core instruction provided to every child at BWHS is strong, and our teachers do a great job in ensuring that students are learning," Fujii said.

Students who need to retake tests continue to be offered extending learning programs to help them prepare for it, Fujii said.