Monday: Senator wants change to end-of-instruction tests
BY BARBARA HOBEROCK
Sunday, December 16, 2012
12/16/12 at 2:48 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY — A state senator has filed a bill that would essentially gut a controversial law requiring students to pass four of seven end-of-instruction exams to earn a diploma.
Sen. Earl Garrison’s Senate Bill 11 would allow students who achieve a certain score on the ACT to earn a diploma and not require them to take end-of-instruction exams.
Garrison, D-Muskogee, said he has yet to determine what the required ACT score would be.
“We have kids who have been taking the ACT for 50 years now in Oklahoma,” said Garrison, a former educator. “It is a better indicator of how they are really doing than any other test we can give them.”
To graduate, a student currently must pass Algebra I and English II and end-of-instruction exams in two of the following: Algebra II, Biology I, English III, Geometry or U.S. History.
Read more in Monday's Tulsa World.
State Sen. Earl Garrison