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Oregon Moms Union slams removal of standardized test from high school graduation requirement: ‘Not surprising’

An Oregon-based parental rights group said it was “not surprising” that the Oregon State Board of Education decided to remove the requirement to show proof of mastery in reading, writing, and math through a standardized test in order to graduate from high school.

“It’s not surprising that they’ve continued to push off the implementation of new graduation requirements,” Oregon Moms Union President MacKensey Pulliam told Fox News Digital on Tuesday.

“They always say that the agenda has something to do with underserved communities and marginalized students and how the test does them a disservice.”

Pulliam argued the tests are designed to serve as a checkpoint to make sure students are ready or to allow them to get extra help if they need it. 

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Oregon Moms Union President MacKensey Pulliam told FOX News Digital that she is not surprised that the blue state suspended basic skills requirement to graduate high school. (Fox News Digital)

“I think that proficiency rates here in Oregon are dismal, and they’re not getting better,” Pulliam said. She continued, “And so part of me wonders is, you know, are they removing these standards so that it looks like students are actually doing better?”

The Oregon State Board last week voted unanimously to extend a pause on the requirement for 11th-grade students to demonstrate competency in essential skills reading, writing, and math through either a standardized test or a portfolio of work on top of regular coursework.

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The Oregon State Board last week voted unanimously to extend a pause on the requirement for 11th-grade students to demonstrate competency in reading, writing, and math through either a standardized test or a portfolio of work on top of regular coursework.  ((Billy Schuerman/The Virginian-Pilot via AP))

“I think that we’ve seen a major decline in our kids’ ability to read and write here in Oregon. And I think that’s a problem that we’re seeing across the country as well,” Pulliam said.

“But I think that most parents feel that instead of lowering the standards, we need to be doing more to catch our kids up on learning loss from the pandemic and get them to the level they need to be at in order to reach those standards to graduate, instead of just getting rid of the standards and allowing them to graduate when they’re completely unprepared.”

Forming in early 2021, Oregon Moms Union was created in the wake of COVID-19 school shutdowns and distance learning. The group “seeks to empower parents to advocate for a student-first K-12 education system.” The Oregon Moms Union currently has more than 90 volunteer School District Captains serving in more than 75 school districts.

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Joshua Q. Nelson is a reporter for Fox News Digital.

Joshua focuses on politics, education policy ranging from the local to the federal level, and the parental uprising in education.

Joining Fox News Digital in 2019, he previously graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Political Science and is an alum of the National Journalism Center and the Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program. 

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