Gov. Mary Fallin backs off support for high-stakes reading test at state PTA conference

By KIM ARCHER, Tulsa World Published: July 18, 2014
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Gov. Mary Fallin said Friday that she doesn't believe that relying on one test to determine whether a third-grader should move on to fourth grade is the right way to ensure kids can read, prompting parents at the Oklahoma Parent Teacher Association to feel more hopeful about the direction the state's public education system is headed, Tulsa World reports.

"My main point to parents and to educators has been that we need to make sure our children can read at a grade-appropriate level. I also think we can give our students multiple tests and not just rely on giving a student a test that's a high-stakes test," she told reporters after her address at the annual Oklahoma PTA conference in Tulsa.

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