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Ohio Selects PSAT for New College-Career Readiness Assessment

Release date: 8/7/2013

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio high school sophomores will take the PSAT assessment beginning in October 2014 so that students will know if they are on course to graduate ready for college or a career.

The PSAT, which is administered nationally by The College Board, will be provided free to students and local schools under the provisions of a state law requiring that Ohio establish a college and career assessment program.

The assessment will not be used for college admissions, placement or course grades, but rather to help guide high school course selection and preparation.

“Too many students move through high school and graduate without ever knowing if they are really prepared for what comes next,” said State Superintendent Dr. Richard A. Ross. “By taking the PSAT, sophomores will get feedback on their strengths and weaknesses while there is still time to make changes if needed.”

About 40 percent of Ohio high school graduates who attend an Ohio public college need to take one or more non-credit remedial classes because they were not prepared for college-level work.

“Taking remedial courses in college means spending money on classes without getting college credit,” said Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey. “Providing the PSAT to Ohio’s sophomores will hopefully decrease the number of students who need those remedial classes, and increase the number of students who are ready for the next level when they graduate.”

As required by law, the PSAT was selected via a competitive procurement managed by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. The Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Board of Regents worked together to develop specifications for the $1.6 million contract. 

The PSAT is taken by more than 3.5 million students nationwide annually. It includes reading, math and writing skills sections. The results can be used by students to focus their preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.