Supt. Hofmeister praises Senate, House committees for passage of bills to reduce excessive testing


OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 24, 2015) — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister lauded both the House and Senate Education Committees for recently approving bills aimed at reducing seven end-of-instruction (EOI) exams.

The test-reduction measures — Senate Bill 707, authored by state Sen. John Ford, and House Bill 1272, authored by state Rep. Dennis Casey — direct the State Board of Education to develop recommendations for high school graduation requirements, one or more assessments that colleges and universities utilize to determine college-readiness.

In developing requirements, the state board would work in consultation with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the Commission for Educational Quality and Accountability, the State Board of Career and Technology Education, and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

“I am grateful to Sen. Ford, Rep. Casey and the education committee members for their resolve in taking a responsible, commonsense approach to assessments. These bills help clear the path for use of an assessment that has meaningful value beyond high school,” Hofmeister said.

“In reducing seven tests to a single, research-based measure, Oklahoma students would experience an increase in classroom instruction and a reduction of time spent testing. This change could also save millions of taxpayer dollars on testing. This savings of time and resources could be redirected for support of higher student achievement.”

Her sentiments were echoed by Rep. Casey and Sen. Ford.

“HB 1272 gives the Oklahoma State Department of Education the statutory authority to be flexible in making the best decisions regarding graduation requirements,” said Casey, whose legislation was approved by committee this afternoon.

Ford’s bill passed the Senate committee Monday.

“This measure allows our schools to concentrate on preparing a student with the skills necessary to be successful in college or a career instead of what a student needs to know to pass a test,” said Ford.

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Last updated on February 24, 2015