Oakwood No. 1 high school in state on test scores

Oakwood High School earned the highest performance index on 2016-17 state tests of any high school in the state, according to Ohio Department of Education data.

OHS’ index score was 92.0 on a 100-point scale, with no other pure high school in Ohio above 90.

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Performance Index is the most detailed measure of state test performance on the state report card. A subset of the Achievement grade, it goes deeper than just a “yes or no” on proficiency, giving more credit for the highest performers and less credit for lowest scorers to create an overall score.

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“With the new state testing, this tells us that our students did exceptionally well relative to other high schools in Ohio,” Principal Paul Waller said. “It affirms what a great job students, teachers and parents do every day. There’s great work going on in this building every day, meeting the needs of all of our students.”

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Columbus Preparatory Academy, a multi-level charter school that requires a placement test, had a performance index of 96.3. That counted test scores in both elementary and high school grades.

After Oakwood, the highest-scoring pure high schools were the Cleveland suburb of Solon at 89.9, and Cincinnati-area schools Madeira and Walnut Hills around 89.1.

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Oakwood also was the No. 1 district in Ohio in the “Prepared for Success” category, which tries to measure how well-prepared students are for the future. Prepare for Success tracks ACT/SAT scores, honors diplomas, industry credentials and participation in college credit-bearing programs.

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