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April 19, 2014

Opting out same as failure

PRYOR, OK — Pryor Public Schools is drafting a policy in case parents choose to opt out of state mandated testing.

“As of now, the state of Oklahoma requires testing of certain grade levels. Third grade students must pass a reading proficiency test to move on to the next grade. Eighth grade students must pass a test to be able to get their driver’s license and high school students must pass four of seven tests to graduate,” said PPS Superintendent Don Raleigh.

Opting out of the test has the same consequence as failing the test.

“Something we're starting to see in other areas is parents opting out of the testing. While it hasn't happened here, we have had a few parents ask about it, so we are being proactive in drafting a policy,” said Raleigh.

The matter was discussed at the most recent school board meeting.

“With the aid of our legal council, we have drafted a policy explaining what will happen if a parent opts out,” said Raleigh. “If a school doesn't test 95 percent of students, the school is dropped a letter grade in the A-F system. If they don't test at least 90 percent of the students it's an automatic F.”


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