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Ohio’s Making History Project

backpackYour AAUW branch can help improve Ohio Graduation Test scores in your community by adopting the AAUW Ohio state-wide Making History Project.

The Making History Project aligns with AAUW’s belief that quality public education is the foundation of a democratic society as well.

What is The New Little Book?

The centerpiece of the project is a social studies study guide called The New Little Book. This paperback book can be used by teachers and students — both in the classroom and at home — to help high school students prepare for the history and social studies section of the mandatory Ohio Graduation Test. The social studies section of the test is one of two on which Ohio high school students consistently score the lowest.

Branches throughout the state will receive a sample copy of the book, along with an introductory letter and informational packet designed to introduce them to the Making History Project and help them coordinate it in their own communities.

Since under-funded public school often cannot afford materials to help students prepare for the test, The New Little Book is priced at only slightly above cost. Prices depend on the quantity ordered, with prices for large districts as low as $2.92 per copy. Any amount above cost will be donated to AAUW’s Educational Fund.

For information on obtaining copies of The New Little Book for your local schools, visit the book Web site. Get information about the project that you can copy and paste into your branch newsletter.

What are people saying about The New Little Book?

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“The New Little Book is a fantastic tool for OGT preparation. After using The New Little Book, my class’s average OGT score increased significantly as well as the number of students who passed the test their very first time!” Read more about what people are saying.

Ohio branches participating

AAUW branches around the state have already brought the project into their school districts. They include:

  • Athens
  • Chillicothe
  • Piqua
  • Waverly
  • Westerville.

In the six districts that used the book last year, the scores went up between 7 and 26 percent. Statewide, public school students increased their scores by 2.4 percent.

Background of Ohio AAUW’s Making History Project

The Making History Project grew from state board discussions with members searching for a way to put AAUW’s support of public education into action. Board members previewed copies of The New Little Book, which was adopted for use in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District last fall, learning that it was well received by Cleveland students, teachers and professional development staff.

The board reasoned that a statewide education project involving social studies also could be used to gain visibility for AAUW/Ohio branches and increase membership. They voted to ask Ohio’s branches to make their local schools aware of The New Little Book and named the initiative the Making History Project.

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