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Changes to the Oklahoma's end-of-instruction exams

The Oklahoma Board of Education approved changes to the rules governing end-of-instruction exams.
Published: March 29, 2013
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End-of-instruction exams

The state Board of Education approved a laundry list of changes to the rules governing end-of-instruction exams, also called EOIs. All Oklahoma high school students must pass four of the seven tests before receiving their diplomas. The mandate is part of a reform called Achieving Classroom Excellence. Here are the more significant changes the board approved Thursday.

Old rule

Students who could not pass the exams could prove they had mastery of the subject by completing a long-term project.

Only students could appeal to the state Board of Education for a waiver from the EOI requirements.

Students had 30 days from the date they were denied a diploma to file an appeal.

The state Board of Education had the power to give students a one-test exemption. Therefore, students could only appeal if they had passed three of the seven EOI tests.

Students who were accepted to a “selective university” were automatically granted a waiver from the EOI requirements upon appeal.

New rule

The long-term projects are broken into three tiers: traditional students, special education students and students with severe disabilities.

Parents and guardians can file appeals on behalf of their children. Students can still file on their own behalf. The rules now specifically spell out that school district officials cannot file appeals for students.

Students still have 30 days from the date they were denied a diploma to file an appeal. But, if a school district doesn't officially deny a diploma in writing, the diploma will be “deemed denied if not granted within” 90 days. Students who fall into that category then have 30 days to appeal.

The state Board of Education can exempt students from any number of tests.

The automatic wavier triggered by university acceptance is gone.

Carrie Coppernoll, Staff Writer