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More than 25 percent of Oklahoma City Schools seniors lack test credit as graduation looms

To earn a high school diploma in Oklahoma, students must first pass state-mandated end-of-instruction exams. As graduation nears for the class of 2013, more than 2,000 students statewide still haven't passed enough tests to graduate, according to the state Education Department.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Modified: April 26, 2013 at 12:17 am •  Published: April 25, 2013

The data was collected through April 10, so some students may have passed enough EOI exams to graduate. Also, about 150 of 520 school districts didn't respond to the survey at all.

One of the largest districts noticeably absent from the report was Tulsa Public Schools. The district has 1,656 seniors, and 235 haven't passed enough EOIs to graduate, according to a report from the district updated Monday.

In other business

• Advanced Placement Director Cathy Seward presented information about the AP Report of the Nation, which tracks national data about students who take and pass the exams. Oklahoma students are less likely to take the exam and receive a score of 3 or better, which often translates to college credit. Nationally, 32 percent of students take an AP exam, compared to 23 percent of Oklahoma students. Also, black and Hispanic students in Oklahoma take AP exams at lower rates than the national averages. However, that isn't the case for American Indian students in Oklahoma. About 9 percent of American Indian students in Oklahoma take the AP exam, compared to a national average of 0.6 percent.

• The board honored one of the state's top teachers and two top students. Tammara Mittelstet, of Stillwater Public Schools, was recognized as the winner of the Oklahoma 2012 Milken Family Foundation Educator Award. She is a gifted resource coordinator at Highland Park Elementary and Will Rogers Elementary.

Also, the board honored the two Oklahoma Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement winners. They are Holly Stuart, a senior at Enid High School, and Jimmy Wu, a senior at Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics.

They're not accurate. Probably it's a communication problem.”

Karl Springer,
Oklahoma City superintendent, speaking about the percentage of seniors who haven't passed enough exams to graduate.

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