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are denied a diploma.
New appeals process
process that allows any student to ask for a waiver of the test requirements. Before the new process was approved, only students with extenuating circumstances could make an appeal.
Achieving Classroom Excellence, a 2005 law, requires students pass four of seven end of instruction exams, also known as EOIs.
finished with all her appeal paperwork. Now she's waiting.
A committee of five state employees will Nike Crop Top Long Sleeve review the waiver applications and then recommend to the board whether or not to grant the waiver. A temporary employee may be hired to help with the paperwork, White said.
Turner is a single mother of one who doesn't receive any child support. She lives with her mother and they split the bills. She's worked since she was 14.
"I met all the requirements to receive my diploma, except for passing this one last EOI test," Turner said. "My attendance is good. I do my work. I passed all my classes and I have all my credits."
Waiting for a decision
"We can't even make a decision ourselves, so why are we holding these kids hostage while we sort out the details?" said Janet Dunlop, chief academic officer for Broken Arrow Schools.
Dunlop said the testing requirements are frustrating to both students and educators. She said the tests also don't necessarily predict success. She struggled in math, but she went on to earn her doctorate.
Turner and about a dozen other Broken Arrow classmates already had filled out the paperwork, only to find out Thursday the process changed with the implementation of the new appeals process.
School district officials must now verify test scores and data students include in their paperwork.
"I wish there was a clear cut, black white answer," she said. "It's 100 percent based on every student, every situation, every bit of information that's given to us."
Instead of only allowing appeals for extenuating circumstances, any student can appeal. White said forms should be filled out completely to ensure all relevant information is considered.
The board then has 45 days to respond.
The rules were created in response to House Bill 2970, which the governor signed into law April 18. The law ordered the state Education Department to create the appeals process.
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Turner and about 2,000 other high school seniors in Oklahoma have completed high school but will be denied diplomas because they did not meet new state testing requirements.
More than 30,000 students already have done so, and the number is expected to grow as the school year winds down.
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But the change improves the appeals process, state Education Department employees told the state Board of Education at its meeting Thursday.
"If they deserve that diploma, then they deserve it," White said.
Students who still need to pass their tests have a second chance, though.
2000 Oklahoma high school students may not receive diplomas
In November, about 5,400 students still had to pass at least one test to graduate. Now, about 2,000 remain, according to state Education Department statistics.
The Broken Arrow student failed the last of her state tests by one point.
"I don't think we can point a finger at these kids and say, 'You can't pass one of these tests so you're going to be a failure,'" Dunlop said. "One of the challenges I think they face, and I would face this myself, is that once you've failed at something more than once, it sets up that pattern of anxiety and fear of failure that makes it even more difficult to pass."
The numbers show more and more students are mastering their school subjects, said Melissa White, executive director of counseling and ACE for the state Education Department. The testing process makes Oklahoma diplomas mean more.
The class of 2012 is the first class required to meet the test requirements to earn their diplomas.
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