Oklahoma social studies educators oppose ending assessment tests

The Oklahoma Council for the Social Studies issued a statement against a state Senate bill that would eliminate the state mandate for three of four social studies assessment tests.
by Randy Ellis Published: March 27, 2014
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A professional organization representing 1,410 social studies educators is irate over a state Senate bill that would eliminate the state mandate for three of four social studies assessment tests administered in grades 5, 7 and 8.

“The Oklahoma Council for the Social Studies Board feels strongly that the elimination of these assessments will have immediate negative impact on the quality of citizenship education in the state of Oklahoma,” the group said in a news release.

State Sen. John Ford, R-Bartlesville, said his Senate Bill 1654 is not intended to diminish the importance of what social studies teachers do.

“What this bill does is take away the state mandate of a test,” Ford said. “But every district has the ability to continue having tests in whatever subject they want. We’re just listening to a lot of parents and a lot of teachers that say the state mandates too many tests.”

The Oklahoma Council for the Social Studies contends Oklahoma has been a national leader for three decades in setting out state standards and assessments in all areas of social studies, including U.S. history, geography, world history, U.S. government, Oklahoma history and economics.

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by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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The Oklahoma Council for the Social Studies Board feels strongly that the elimination of these assessments will have immediate negative impact on the quality of citizenship education in the state of Oklahoma.”

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