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More students can't graduate

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Thursday morning, Jennifer Smith with her daughter Tyler by her side, sat down with district officials in a final attempt to get her daughter to graduation. 

Tyler Smith an honor roll student already accepted to college, but she failed to pass two of the five sections on the Ohio Graduation test. She's taken it at least 6 times.

Deonica Jones from Hughes Center is in the same boat.

"It was hard, I thought I'd pass, don't want to cry, coach said it was OK if pass it in June, I get to go to college in September," she said.

She's been accepted to the University of Northwestern Ohio, where she has a full ride to study physical therapy.

"This test is holding me back a whole lot," she said.

Her sister Vernisha, also a Hughes senior, failed one section but since she didn't meet the GPA requirement, so no diploma for her either. She has to pass the make up test in June. She's been accepted to Wright State and Kentucky State to study nursing.

Last year, out of 115,000 senior in graduating classes across the state, 12,000 had to take a make up Ohio Graduation Test given three months before graduation. A third, 4,000 of them, failed at least two sections. On content that's 8th, 9th and 10th grade level. Vernisha and Deonica's  Veronica says, 

So what happened to Jennifer Smith and her meeting? The Assistant Superintendent say those are State Guidelines and they can't change it. She says she's taking her fight to Columbus.

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