Oklahoma PTA Supports Veto Override to End High Stakes Test
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- The following statement can be attributed to Oklahoma PTA President Brenda Heigl.
Oklahoma PTA, the state’s largest, volunteer-member advocacy association focused on the education, health and welfare of youth in our state, fully supports a vote to override Governor Fallin’s veto of Senate Bill 2. The bill removed the requirement to administer the only remaining end-of-instruction (EOI) high-stakes test still required by law in the state.
The bill passed the Senate and House with 31 and 65 affirmative votes respectively. Governor Fallin vetoed the bill on May 3rd. There is still time for the matter to be brought back for a vote to override the veto.
Time and time again, parents, teachers and administrators have advocated for an end to the overwhelming use of standardized tests that currently stifle teaching and do more to educate our children on how to be good test-takers than allowing them to learn critical thinking skills.
There seems to be this position that, by taking away this test, we will no longer require teaching the history of our country. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Senator Dossett was a history teacher. He understands the importance of teaching history. History is still going to be taught and teachers are still going to test. This is about a single test, on a single day being so important that the test, not the teacher, directs what happens in the classroom.
During the 2016 legislative session, all other high school end-of-instruction tests were eliminated. It is time for the history test to end as well. All PTA members, parents, grandparents, teachers and administrators are encouraged to take as stand in support of overriding the veto of Senate Bill 2.
It takes a minute to call your senator and ask for this vote. Even if you don’t have a high school student, you can still make a positive impact on the education of our children. Call now and encourage your friends to call. Our children deserve better.
Oklahoma PTA, since it was founded in 1922, has been a constant voice advocating for the needs of Oklahoma’s children and youth. We are the backbone of parental involvement with the public school system of Oklahoma, and we will not cease in our work until the goal of “making every child’s potential a reality” is met.