This year’s improvement in student scores on state tests was the biggest seen in the Oklahoma City school district in 30 years. This was the first year seniors had to pass four of seven end-of-instruction exams to get a diploma.
No doubt, that helped motivate many who would have shrugged off the tests in the past. This is good news because it indicates Oklahoma’s reforms are having a positive impact on many students who aren’t college bound but still need a quality high school education to succeed in the private sector.
For example, work as an electrical contractor provides a good wage without a college degree. But the Independent Electrical Contractors of Oklahoma City has noted many high school graduates don’t qualify because they can’t do the high school math required!
We’re cautiously optimistic the new graduation requirements are reducing those shortcomings and increasing job opportunities for students of all backgrounds.