Ohio Public School Mapping | College Admissions Testing

What are the future prospects for our students graduating from high school? Are they going to college and also getting a step ahead before entering a college classroom? Our next education blog series focuses on standardized testing that measures student aptitude before students head off to college. There are three series of standardized tests that students usually take before going off to college. These tests include the ACT, the SAT, and the AP tests.

The first two maps focus on the ACT test. The ACT is a college aptitude test taken by a majority of high school students in the state of Ohio. The ACT is graded on a 1 – 36 scale. According to the ODE data, 60.8% of graduating students in Ohio had taken the ACT. There is a large emphasis not only around the major metro areas in Ohio, but also in counties such as Putnam and Mahoning, where a large proportion of the student population took the ACT. The highest percentage of students that took the ACT was the Gallia Local School District located in Gallia County in Southeastern Ohio. The percentage of students at the Gallia Local School District who took the ACT was 99.9%. The lowest percentage of students that took the ACT was the Eastern Local School District in Pike County in Southeastern Ohio.

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The next map below shows the mean ACT test score for each school district.  The mean ACT test score for the state of Ohio was 21.3 in 2010.   The highest mean ACT test scores were located in the suburban school districts in the major metro areas in Ohio, while the lower mean ACT test scores were located in the urban school districts such as Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland, and Youngstown.  There was also a trend in Southeastern Ohio where the mean ACT test scores were lower than average with the rest of the state.  Eight school districts had a mean ACT test score of 26, which was the highest average in the state.  The lowest mean ACT test score, 15, was from the East Cleveland School District in Cuyahoga County.

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The following two maps are on the SAT.  Like the ACT, the SAT is also a college aptitude test.  The SAT is graded on a 1 – 2400 scale with each part of the test (Critical Reading, Math, and Writing) graded on a 1 – 800 scale.  In general, there is less emphasis on the SAT for many school districts in the state of Ohio because most universities in the Midwest require the ACT rather than the SAT, so as a result, there were only a greater number of students taking the SAT in the metro areas of Ohio, and overall, only 10% of students in Ohio took the SAT.  There are 87 school districts in Ohio that have 0 students who took the SAT in 2010, which makes up 13% of all school districts in Ohio.  The highest percentage of students taking the SAT, 80.7%, was the Upper Arlington School District, a suburb of Columbus.

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The mean SAT test score is taken into account below.  The map below does not show a trend, but rather a random pattern throughout the state.  The highest mean SAT test score was in the Columbus Grove School District located in parts of Allen and Putnam Counties in Northwestern Ohio.  The mean SAT test score for all school districts in Ohio where there was greater than 0% of all students in their respected school district taking the SAT was 1072 in 2010.

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The third and final series in this blog post focuses on Advanced Placement (AP) testing.  Unlike the ACT and SAT, AP tests are usually administered to high school seniors already going to college who wish to take college credit course before heading off to college.  These AP tests are graded on a 1 – 5 scale.  Often, students who receive a score of three or higher usually are given college credit in that subject area.  The map below shows the total number of students taking an AP test in their respected school district in the state of Ohio in 2010.  The trend seems to be similar to the percentage of students taking the SAT.  There were more students taking an AP test outside of the metro areas compared to the percentage of students taking the SAT.  However, there were 245 school districts in Ohio that reported zero students taking an AP test, which accounts to 37% of all school districts in Ohio.  This doesn’t necessarily mean that these students did not take the test, but rather, their districts did not submit the results to the ODE. The largest number of students taking an AP test was in the Dublin City School District in Franklin County with 1316 students.

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The last map focuses on the percentage of students who took an AP test received a passing score.  Many school districts are omitted because they reported zero students taking an AP test.  One of the highest passage rates belonged to the Mariemont City School District located in eastern Hamilton County.  Out of the 143 students tested, over 95% of them passed an AP test.  Many of the school districts where a large majority of students took AP tests were in the proximity of major metro areas.  The urban school districts such as Columbus and Cleveland had 997 and 415 students respectfully, but had only 19.8% and 9.6% received a passing score.

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