The Oklahoma Council for the Social Studies has expressed opposition to a state Senate bill that would end the mandate for three of four social studies assessments given to students in fifth, seventh and eighth grades. While State Sen. John Ford said his bill just reduces the number of tests mandated, the group opposes the change. "The elimination of the state's social studies assessments sends a clear message that the Oklahoma Senate does not value the preparation of Oklahoma public school students for the 'office of citizen,' " the group said in a statement. The bill has passed the Senate and is now headed to the state House of Representatives.
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