At a glance
District EOI grade-change policies
Some school districts are considering whether to give course credit to students who failed a class but passed state-mandated end-of-instruction exams. Here's what some Oklahoma districts are doing:
• Choctaw-Nicoma Park: No such policy exists, said Meda Beall, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. But the link between EOI testing and coursework has raised questions. “You bring a student back in to a class where they've already passed the EOI, and their mindset is, ‘But the state says I have mastered this class.' We have had discussions about this,” Beall said. “It has created a dilemma.”
• Crooked Oak: No such policy exists, Superintendent Brad Richards said. “We do not give credit if someone passes the EOI unless they pass the class,” he said.
• Edmond: No such policy exists, spokeswoman Susan Parks-Schlepp said. “It has been discussed in the district but we don't currently allow that,” she said.
• Guthrie: Students who pass an EOI but fail a class receive a P for pass instead of an F, secondary education director Chad Wilson said.
• Lawton: No such policy exists.
• Midwest City-Del City: Students who pass an EOI exam on the first attempt receive a grade bump of one letter, according to district policy. The same is true for students who score a 3 or better on Advanced Placement exams.
• Millwood: Students who master an EOI may receive one grade higher in a course, Superintendent Gloria Griffin said. “For example, if their grade is advanced, but they made a C, the teacher may move it to a B,” Griffin said. “This is determined by the teacher when they evaluate the level of what you know.”
• Moore: No such policy exists, curriculum director Rick Cobb said. “I'm torn because I don't want to undermine the value of what our teachers do for 36 weeks, but at the same time, the most important thing is whether students have learned a subject well,” Cobb said. “That's more important than anything else. I'd never want to hold a student back when they've mastered the content.”
• Mustang: No such policy exists, spokeswoman Marry Lever said.
• Norman: No such policy exists, spokeswoman Shelly Hickman said. “Students must pass the courses to earn credit,” Hickman said. “We consider the grade earned in the classroom as the most accurate gauge for determining mastery.”
• Putnam City: Students who pass an EOI but fail a class receive a P on their transcripts in addition to an F, spokesman Steve Lindley said. He said student effort hasn't declined because of the policy.
• Shawnee: No such policy exists, Shawnee High School Principal Vester Hamilton said. “It is being examined, but we don't have a problem with students not passing,” Hamilton said. “We haven't really felt a need.”
• Tulsa: Students also get an automatic P on their transcripts if they pass an EOI but fail a class, said Chris Johnson, assistant superintendent for accountability. He said the policy hasn't hurt student effort because students already are working hard to pass the test in the first place. “They really try to apply themselves in the class,” Johnson said.
• Western Heights: Students who pass EOI exams receive credit for corresponding courses that have been failed, Superintendent Joe Kitchens said. The students' transcripts still show an F, and new grades are marked as “testing-based credit.” Students who score “satisfactory” on the corresponding EOIs receive a D, and students who score in the “advanced” category receive a C.
• Yukon: Students who fail a class but pass the corresponding EOI receive a P for pass in addition to the F recorded on their transcripts, chief educational officer Dawn Pearce said. “There is no grade changing because it would affect the overall GPA,” Pearce said. The student must meet all other requirements for the class, such as attendance.
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