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Education experts said the more telling number is only 74 students actually took the test. The district offered it nine times since July.
“I think the concern is when you've got over 500 children," said Linda Hampton, president of the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA). "No one helped a nine or 10-year-old take advantage of the opportunities to go ahead and pass the test. That needs to be dealt with.”
In a statement, an Oklahoma City district spokesperson said, "The District's Curriculum Department is working with teachers and principals at all levels to improve the reading instruction and strategies being taught in the classroom."
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Hampton said this goes beyond the classroom to language barriers, financial problems and other issues at home.
“These children come to school sometimes with a lot of baggage, and we need to look at that as part of who they are and what they are,” Hampton said.
“I think it indicates there is a bigger problem going on in education,” Lisa Delgado, a literacy specialist and teaching professor at Oklahoma City University, said.
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A problem that Hampton said can't be solved with the current formula.
“I think we need to stop testing, and we need to focus on children, and they are two totally different things,” Hampton said.