Granville High School students last week entered into a partnership with Battelle for Kids to give the district better information on how students perform at the college-entrance level.

Granville High School students last week entered into a partnership with Battelle for Kids to give the district better information on how students perform at the college-entrance level.

"It will help us measure how effective our own programs are here," Granville High School principal Ryan Bernath said.

Ohio high-schoolers are required to pass an Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to graduate. The test is given to sophomores, who then have two more opportunities to take it in their junior and senior years if they don't pass the test the first time.

Bernath said because 80 percent to 90 percent of Granville's sophomores pass the OGT on their first attempt, the district doesn't have much testing information from the students' junior and senior years to adjust curriculum for college preparation.

This year, the district had its students take end-of-course exams created by ACT, the same test that measures a student's potential for college-level courses.

Bernath said tests administered last week include end-of-course exams for English students in grades 9 to 11 and for students who have completed algebra I, algebra II, precalculus, geometry, biology and chemistry.

After that testing is finished, Bernath said, teachers and administrators should receive results that show how their students did individually, how their students fared compared to others within the same district, how they fared compared to others attending one of the other 35 Ohio schools participating in the Battelle for Kids program and how they fared compared to students nationwide taking the exams.

"We will see how students do as a whole and compared to others nationwide taking the test," Bernath said.

The results could give Granville data it needs to evaluate its own curriculum and make adjustments to help its students test better on the ACT and perform better in college.

Information from the Battelle program states, "More than two-thirds of new jobs require some post-secondary education or training, but only 25 percent of Ohio's residents have a four-year degree. In addition, only one-third of Ohio students meet the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) standards in reading and math."

Bernath said that currently, an average of 95 percent of Granville High School students go to either a two- or four-year college after graduation. Their students are testing on average between 23.9 and 25.3 on the ACT and studies show that students who test at 24 on the ACT have an 85-percent chance of graduating from college in five to six years. A perfect ACT score is 36.

"We want them to leave here prepared for college and prepared to complete their schooling and get a degree," Bernath said. "Now it's more important than ever to have something that emphasizes the students be prepared for college."

Bernath said the district applied to be part of the Battelle program in fall 2008 and learned in February that it was accepted. Students started their testing last week.

The resources that will come through Battelle and the ACT testing are expected to help the district refine its curriculum, Bernath said.