- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 23, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma high school students would no longer be required to pass state-mandated End of Instruction exams as a condition of graduating under a bill approved unanimously by a Senate committee.

The Senate Education Committee on Monday approved the bill by Sen. John Ford to eliminate the mandatory tests that Ford says will free up money for districts and classroom time for teachers.

Under current Oklahoma law, high school students are required to pass at least four of seven tests to graduate. But Ford says many teachers have complained they don’t have enough time to focus on curriculum because they’re busy preparing students for so many high-stakes tests.

The bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

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Senate Bill 1170: https://bit.ly/1T2umzy

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