Committee Votes to Reduce K-12 Testing

OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation approved today by the Oklahoma House of Representatives Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget will reduce testing in public schools.

House Bill 3218 reduces the number of required tests to 18, including:

  • One English and one math test in each grade from 3 to 8;
  • Two science tests, one in grades 3-5 and one in grades 6-9;
  • and four high school tests in English, math, science and U.S. history.

All of the remaining tests except for U.S. History are required by the federal government under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Tests removed include an art test, seventh-grade geography, fifth- and eighth-grade social studies and writing tests and three end-of-instruction tests.

“I agree with educators and parents that there is simply too much testing,” said Sanders, R-Kingfisher. “This legislation will reduce testing and let educators do what they do best – teach their students.”

The legislation requires the same tests to be used in the upcoming school year, but authorizes the state education department to look for new assessments to fulfill the federal and state requirements for the next year. The measure also removes passage of the test as a requirement for graduation and authorizes the state education department to create new graduation requirements.

“Eighteen tests is still a lot of tests,” Sanders said. “By authorizing the state education department to continue working on the problem, we are leaving the door open to try to consolidate tests wherever possible and improve the assessments if a good replacement can be found.”

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