New Graduation Tests

The State Board of Education plans to set passing scores for some sections of new tests that will be given to Ohio high school students.  The Ohio Graduation Test replaces the ninth-grade proficiency tests beginning next spring. School board members today are expected to establish minimum scores for the reading and math portions.   Standards for writing, science and social studies sections will be voted on next June.  A state Education Department spokesman says Superintendent Susan Tave Zellman believes what the board is doing is fair, although she remains concerned about a gap between white and some minority students.  The state teachers union also is watching the results.  The union worries about putting so much weight on one test.