The number of end-of-instruction proficiency tests that high school students must take would be reduced from seven to four under a bill approved Monday by the state Senate Education Committee.
Under current law, students must take end-of-instruction tests in seven subject areas and show mastery of four, including Algebra I and English II, in order to graduate with a standard diploma.
Under the proposed change, students would be exempt from other tests after passing tests in the two required subjects, plus two others, although all would be required to take the biology test because it is mandated by federal law.
State Sen. James Halligan,R-Stillwater, former president of Oklahoma State University, spoke in favor of the bill, saying, “It’s always risky to ask a student to take a test when they know it doesn’t count.”
State Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, argued against it, saying, “I don’t think it promotes college and career readiness.”
The measure passed 7-4 and will now go to the full House.
OSSAA accountability bill
A substitute bill designed to bring more accountability and transparency to the association that oversees Oklahoma high school athletics passed the Senate Education Committee Monday.
House Bill 2730 would require the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association to abide by the state Open Records Act and Open Meeting Act. It also would require annual financial and compliance audits and require that a performance audit be completed by Dec. 31 of this year and every five years, thereafter.
The Senate committee’s substitute bill dropped language in the House bill that would have required the association to follow the Administrative Procedures Act.
The substitute bill passed the state Senate Education Committee 11-0 and will now go to the full Senate.
Oklahoma’s higher education institutions would be prohibited from taking any action or enforcing any policy that would deny a religious student association any benefit available to any other student association under a bill passed Monday by the state Senate Education Committee.
House Bill 2873 passed the Senate committee 11-0 and will now go to the full Senate.
A bill that would require oil companies to report what materials they are dumping in landfills was defeated on the state House floor Monday by a tie vote, 45-45. House author Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore, served notice Monday that he may bring Senate Bill 1418 up for reconsideration later. Ownbey said he wants oil companies to be required to report what they are dumping in Oklahoma landfills, just like they must report what they dispose of in injection wells.
BY RANDY ELLIS,