on the Standard Based Assessment in order to graduate, and that is simply not true.
In fact, KDEM/KOTS news was told by school officials in mid-September that this year’s senior class was to be the first graduating class required to pass the SBA in order to receive a high school diploma. Students who did not pass, we were told, would receive a “certificate of completion” in lieu of a diploma.
But a memo from State Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera to school superintendents
dated August 31st said that is not the case.
The memo said students in the class of 2013 simply have to meet their credit requirements – in
other words, pass all their classes – in order to graduate.
Although school officials obviously had that information prior to the SBA retake test
administered October 2nd and 4th, seniors taking that test were led to believe that passage with a score of 73 was still a requirement for graduation.
Calls to Superintendent Harvielee Moore were not immediately returned.