Lawmaker hopes to repeal mandates on end-of-instruction exams

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A local representative hopes the mandates put on tests that determine whether a student graduates high school are a thing of the past.

Rep. Curtis McDaniel filed legislation that repealed testing mandates that determine whether or not Oklahoma students pass into the fourth grade or graduate high school.

According to House Bill 2734, the tests assessing third graders’ reading levels and the end-of-instruction proficiency exams for high school students would still be required.

However, the results of those exams would not determine whether or not a student moves on to the next grade.

“We are putting too much pressure on students with these high-stakes tests that can permanently alter the course of their education and their lives,” said McDaniel. “Tests should be just one, not the only assessment of a student’s performance in school. Because we’ve put so much emphasis on tests, school is no longer a place students want to go.”

Under the current law, a reading test determines whether or not third graders pass into the fourth grade.

Also, high school students must pass four out of seven end-of-instruction exams in order to graduate high school.

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