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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

More than 2,000 high school seniors haven't passed enough state-mandated end-of-instruction exams to graduate this year, according to survey data released Thursday by the state Education Department.

Statewide, school districts report 7 percent of seniors haven't passed enough EOIs to graduate, according to state Education Department data.

In Oklahoma City, more than 1 in 4 seniors haven't passed enough exams to graduate, even though graduation for most high schools is a month away.

Oklahoma City Superintendent Karl Springer said the numbers are wrong.

“They're not accurate,” Springer said Thursday evening. “Probably it's a communication problem.”

Springer's staff was still collecting statistics Thursday afternoon, but he said the two largest high schools in the district have made significant progress. Capitol Hill High School has 36 students who still lack enough EOIs; U.S. Grant High School has 22 students left.

State Board of Education members said the statewide numbers are a good sign, but several said they will ask some districts why the rates aren't better.

“I think we're in much better shape than we were last year, as far as the number of passes,” said Board Member Brian Hayden, who represents the Enid area.

More than 80 school districts report all of their seniors have met the EOI requirement. The largest was Oologah-Talala with 133 seniors.

Melissa White, executive director of counseling and Achieving Classroom Excellence for the state Education Department, attributed the improvement to school officials and students taking the requirement more seriously. Students are also not waiting until the final hour to try to pass EOI exams, she said.

The report could be off, though, White said.

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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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