Oklahoma Districts Calling For Testing Reform

A growing number of school districts around the nation have adopted statements that are sometimes misconstrued as Anti-Testing Resolutions. I have even used that term on this blog a couple of times.

A more accurate understanding of this movement is that professional educators, parents, and school board members are tired of standardized tests being everything that matters. If you know that test scores tell you something, but not everything, you’re likely to understand the intent of these resolutions. From the Tulsa World article discussing Owasso’s recent resolution:

The national push-back was sparked by growing frustration with what educators and parents see as a proliferation of high-stakes testing and the overuse of standardized tests. 

The resolution was developed by the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, along with 12 other groups and education experts such as the National Education Association, Parents Across America, and the Forum for Education and Democracy.

If you want more perspective on this movement from around the country, you should follow Diane Ravitch, and other great educational writers who have more than a single-state focus.

I’m going to use this page to keep a running list of Oklahoma school districts that have passed resolutions. And I’d appreciate you help in notifying me when this happens.

  • Jenks
  • Sand Springs
  • Hobart
  • Prue
  • Union 6/10/12
  • Fairview8/6/12
  • Frederick8/6/12
  • Yukon 8/6/12
  • Clinton 8/13/12
  • Duncan 8/13/12
  • Owasso 8/13/12
  • Purcell 8/13/12
  • Skiatook 8/13/12
  • Oologah-Talala 8/13/12
  • Vinita 8/13/12
  • Hilldale 8/14/12
  • Greenville 8/16/12
  • Enid 8/20/12

Updated 8/21/12

  1. Drew
    August 19, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I read in the local paper that Yukon also passed a resolution as well. Keep up the good work!

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  2. August 19, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Thanks, Drew. I have now added Yukon!

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  3. Roger
    August 20, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Please add Hobart to the list of school districts.

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  4. August 20, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Thanks for keeping track of these school leaders! The whole thing reminds me of a favorite and relevant quote: “Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.” – Albert Einstein

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    • August 20, 2012 at 10:16 am

      Hopefully that quote isn’t true for the number of districts on this list 🙂

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  5. February 2, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    While half of the children are below average, the current educational system short changes their ability to profit from the assets they do posses. Thank you for your efforts

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  6. May 28, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    why are they so worried about testing and failing at the end of the school year, at this point there is no way to fix it… testing should be done through out the year so you as the parent and the teacher can work on those areas that need working on. I think if you look at the number of children that are being failed this year it should fall on the teachers… no way that half a class should fail. my opinion the teachers give up, A good teacher should consider this a failure on their part.. teachers need to push the learning in first grade…. these kids are not babies, they are so smart, baby talk and watching movies and favortism… some one really needs to monitor first and second grades….Test four times a year.. NOT ONE give them time to fix it

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  1. August 19, 2012 at 8:44 pm
  2. August 22, 2012 at 9:36 pm

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