Cumulative tests may be in the future for Oklahoma high school students

Friday, January 14th 2005, 5:49 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- High school students may have to pass a series of cumulative tests before they can graduate.

Students now can graduate regardless of what they make on end-of-course tests in Algebra, biology, history and English.

But officials say many students are taking remedial courses in college because they haven't learned what they need in high school.

23 states require students to pass the tests to graduate, but Muskogee state Representative Barbara Staggs says she doesn't expect Oklahoma to become one of those states too soon.

Staggs says the last thing legislators want to do is cause problems for school districts.

State schools Superintendent Sandy Garrett said she favors the state testing plan in Virginia, where students select four of six end-of-course tests, but must pass all four during high school to graduate.