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

“When applied in grades prekindergarten-12, this comprehensive curriculum and battery of assessments empower teachers to deliver to Oklahoma’s students the necessary knowledge and decision-making skills to become productive citizens upon high school graduation,” the group said. “The elimination of the state’s social studies assessments sends a clear message that the Oklahoma Senate does not value the preparation of Oklahoma public school students for the ‘office of citizen.’”

Oklahoma is the only state with a stand-alone geography assessment test, and one of 21 states with assessment tests for social studies and one of 15 states with assessment tests for U.S. history, the group said.

Senate Bill 1654 passed the Senate on a vote of 44-0 and is now awaiting action in the House.

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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