End-of-instruction tests targeted

A measure that would eliminate end-of-instruction tests for Oklahoma students was scheduled for conference committee this week in the House.

House Bill 1622, authored in 2015 by state Rep. David Derby would eliminate all K through 12 common education tests not required by the federal government. There are currently 26 standardized tests for K through 12 instruction in Oklahoma. This measure would end nine of those tests.

“This is a bill that several legislators have provided input for since the end of last session,” said Derby, R-Owasso. “It reflects many of the concerns that teachers and superintendents have expressed to us repeatedly about over-testing students. They believe students are being way over tested and that instruction time is being wasted on preparing students for these exams that could be used in more efficient and effective ways.”

State Rep. Michael Rogers, a former principal, said the ending those tests makes sense.

“Colleges don’t measure those tests when they are reviewing applicants, so it simply doesn’t make sense to burden our students, our teachers and our school districts with the time and cost of these exams,” said Rogers, R-Broken Arrow. “We’ve heard from teachers that these exams are too burdensome, so why are we doing more than what is federally required?”