Penta’s making the grade on state grad tests
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer
Saturday, 15 June 2013 08:11
Penta students continue to pass the state's graduation tests at increasing rate, the board of education learned Wednesday.
Susan Short, supervisor of curriculum and teaching professions, said the career center continues to see increases in the percentage of students who pass the graduation tests. "They've been increasing incrementally every year," she said.
Penta administers the test for the first time to sophomores in their career exploratory program. They also administer the tests to juniors and seniors who have failed one or more sections previously.
Short said that only four Penta seniors still needed to pass at least one section. They are working this summer to address that deficit.
The only group that saw a decline in the rate of passage were Level 1 students. Only 16 percent of those students with more significant learning disabilities passed. But Short noted there are so few of such students that the results of just one or two can skew the percentages.
Penta's results "stack up with our member schools," Short said.
Superintendent Ron Matter said that the results have been shared with administrators in the 16 members districts, including specific breakdown of the numbers from students from their schools.
Short said a soon-to-be announced change in scheduling at the school should allow for more time to work with students needing help to pass the tests.
Short also reported that the dual enrollment program with Owens and other schools has been a success.
In all 580 students earned 1260 college credits in the fall, and 571 students earned 1310 credits in spring.
The board also saw a video meant to promote the school produced by students Cameron Reef, Perrysburg, and Erin Cross, Elmwood.
The video features the 60 Penta staff members who graduated from member schools. Each was shown in a high school photo and current photo.
"The idea was just to get a great feeling about Penta," Reef told the board.
In other action, the board:
• Voted to waive student fees for the coming school year. Matter said the fees amount to $227,141.32. The board has long waived those fees.
• Voted to transfer $273,171 to the Toledo Community Foundation Penta Career Center-Technical Student Enrichment Fund. That will be added to the $2.2 million the district already has invested with the fund. The money comes from companies that make payments under tax abatement agreements. Treasurer Carrie Herringshaw said the interest from invested funds is used to pay students' expenses to attend local, state and national conferences and competitions. Last year Penta spent $50,000.
• Accepted a bid by MCPc of Cleveland of $387,810.73 to upgrade the school's Wireless LAN system. Caleb Grills, Penta IT manager, said that will provide more complete wireless coverage throughout the school.