Green Country Students Rally At Capitol To End Graduation Test - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

NEWS: Education

Green Country Students Rally At Capitol To End Graduation Test

Posted: Updated:
Jenks superintendent Kirby Lehman addresses students in the state capitol. Jenks superintendent Kirby Lehman addresses students in the state capitol.
The student lobbying trip was organized by Snow. The student lobbying trip was organized by Snow.
The students had their say - but Sears was not convinced. The students had their say - but Sears was not convinced.
OKLAHOMA CITY -

Students from several Northeast Oklahoma school districts lobbied lawmakers to eliminate the new requirement that students pass an "end of instruction" exam before graduating.

02/16/2012 Related Story: State Graduation Tests Put Hundreds Of Tulsa Area Seniors In Jeopardy

Legislators are considering an outright elimination of the requirement and possibly a dual tier diploma system that would distinguish between students who pass the tests and those who don't. 

The waiver bill is in committee and is scheduled to be heard late Wednesday afternoon. 

Some lawmakers and superintendents are eager to rollback the new requirement. Students complain they might not graduate, despite having passed all of their classes.

"If we don't get this changed, we're going to have 8 or 10 students in Sand Springs, and multiply that to the rest of the state, they're going to be termed dropouts. They never dropped out!" said Sand Spring Superintendent Lloyd Snow.

The student lobbying trip was organized by Snow. He and a handful of students personally lobbied Bartlesville Representative Earl Sears.

"I honestly don't think a test should be the thing that says whether we're going to be successful in life. I don't think that's right," said Colton Wilson, Sand Springs senior.

The students had their say - but Sears was not convinced.

"I'm in the no column because I believe our schools districts have had 7 years to prepare for this day, to put quality programs in place, to offer remediation, to help students so they could pass," said Representative Sears.

While lawmakers debate rolling back the standard, or possibly creating a provisional diploma - the state department of education wants to keep the higher standard in place.

"A high school diploma should have real value, meaning for the student who receives it. It should demonstrate they have mastery of the subject matter and proficiencies and skill sets to go out into the job market and succeed as adults," said Damon Gardenhire, State Dept. of Education.

Some superintendents believe it's just unfair to expect everyone to pass the test - and those who don't shouldn't be refused a diploma.

The Tulsa and State Chambers of Commerce want the standard to stay in place, but Tulsa's school superintendent wants to see the law changed.

Read 'Vote No HB 2755' Letter

Special Features

Fallen Heroes

The News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

Health News

Find the latest health headlines & videos, plus get tips for healthy living.

Home & Family

Get ideas on spending more time with your family & improving your home life.

Politics

Breaking political news & the latest headlines from the state capitol & D.C.

Technology

Spend your money wisely with reviews of new tech gadgets & the latest news in technology.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Featured on NewsOn6.com

  • Crime Tracker

    Find out what crimes are committed in your area with Crime Tracker.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • 6 Investigates

    Are you aware of incidents of fraud, corruption, government waste? We investigate.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

  • Turnpike Timelines

    View a historical road map of Oklahoma's turnpike system.

Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
TULSA'S OWN TM
GREEN COUNTRY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Tulsa's Own and Green Country's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.