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School testing appeals process starts with students

Published: July 18, 2012
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“Past out: School officials should keep moving forward” (Our Views, July 9) shows a lack of understanding of the high-stakes testing appeals process. The students, not the district, appeal for a waiver. No administrator pre-emptively declared anyone incapable of learning.

Why would a student appeal for a waiver from the test requirements before knowing his test results? Perhaps because the state Board of Education doesn't provide test results within the mandated two-week time frame. Some students file appeals while waiting for their untimely scores to come in. Who could blame them? Their life is literally on hold.

Melissa Abdo, Tulsa

Abdo is parent coordinator for the Tulsa Area Parent Legislative Action Committee, which opposes so-called high-stakes testing of public school students.


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