Area school districts that did well on the 2009 graduation tests credit great teachers and motivatedstudents.
But no one is ready to break out the party hats yet. School administrators say they still strive to prepare students for their futures.
Of the 3,098 students who took the test in Erie, Sandusky, Ottawa and Huron counties, 74.3 percent were proficient in reading, math, writing, science and social studies. Tenth-grade students took the test in March, along with 11th and 12th grade students who did not score proficient on sections of the exam in prior years.
Most students must pass all five parts of the test to graduate. Some students can pass four of the five tests and still graduate if they meet additional criteria, according to information from the Ohio Department of Education.
"Even though it's perhaps not obtainable, we hope to achieve what No Child Left Behind callsfor, which is 100 percent in all of them," said Berlin-Milan School District superintendent David Snook. "We're not perfect, but we certainly try to work toward it each time."
The district had the most proficient students of any district in Erie County, and it finished behind only Put-in-Bay School District in the four-county area.