, Muskogee, OK

January 25, 2013

Leave EOI testing in place

— Oklahoma legislators should not drop End of Instruction testing requirements for high school graduation.

Last spring was the first time that seniors were required to pass End of Instruction exams in order to receive their diplomas.

Legislators should allow enough time to determine the value of the year-old  graduation requirements.

Students were required to pass EOI tests in Algebra I and English II, plus two of five additional subjects — Algebra II, English III, Biology I, geometry or U.S. history — in order to receive a diploma.

State Rep. Arthur Hulbert, R-Fort Gibson, wants to eliminate the EOI requirement and  replace it with a minimum score on the American College Test.

The ACT is used by many colleges as part of entrance requirements.

There was a bit of a fuss last spring when some students who did not pass the EOI requirements were unable to appeal to their local boards of education.

That is not reason enough to change gears one year into a new plan.

Ninety-five percent of high school seniors in the state successfully completed the EOI requirements, a state board of education spokesperson said.

The goal should be to prepare students for success after high school.

Does the 95 percent success rate prove high school seniors have mastered the necessary skills to succeed?

Let’s give the EOI requirements a few more years to determine if that is the case.