Parents, do you have a student entering or in high school? Did you know that starting this year, all Oklahoma graduates must show proficiency in four of seven subject areas to graduate High School? To show proficiency, a student must score a satisfactory or advanced on the end-of-instruction exam (EOI) or complete one of the other options described below. You should be provided a parent letter with your child’s results from your child's school. The Achieving Classroom Excellence (ACE) law states that: Beginning with students entering the ninth grade in the 2008-2009 school year, every student shall demonstrate mastery of the state academic content standards in the following subject areas in order to graduate from a public high school with a standard diploma:
(a) Algebra I;
(b) English II; and
(c) Two of the following five:
(1) Algebra II,
(2) Biology I,
(3) English III,
(4) Geometry, and
(5) United States History. (70 O.S. § 1210.523)
As a former school counselor, I wanted to let parents know how this process works and what options are available for your children. Once your child has completed coursework in the above listed subjects, an EOI is administered during one of the following testing windows: December/January, January/February, April/May or June/July. If your child does not show proficiency, the district must offer remediation and retest opportunities three times in each of the following years or until your child shows proficiency.
There are also alternate tests for each subject area as well as approved projects that can be done independently and graded to show proficiency. In addition to these options, there are accommodations and certain exceptions for English Language Learners (ELL) and students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP).
This link provides resources, FAQs, sample projects and a list of approved alternative tests.
If you need more information or have further questions, please contact your school counselor or Melissa White at the Oklahoma State Department of Education at Melissa.White@sde.ok.gov or (405)521-3549.
-By Melissa White, Executive Director of Counseling and Ace, Oklahoma State Department of Education