Some Oklahoma school districts consider grade-policy changes

Oklahoman Modified: April 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm •  Published: April 4, 2013

• 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.

Carrie Coppernoll

and Sarah Hussain,

Staff Writers

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