2017-A Transition year in Testing
Recently, Edmond Public Schools rolled out its 2016-2017 test scores for individual students and school sites. Because of numerous changes to the testing program, Edmond-along with districts across the state-is expecting a significant decrease in scores and this may come as a shock for some families and students.
In 2016, Oklahoma schools implemented new math and English/language arts academic standards. The change in standards also required a change in testing. The “cut scores” or proficiency levels for the tests were reset to reflect the new, more rigorous standards. Because of higher cut scores needed to qualify as “proficient” and “advanced,” parents may notice that students who have been accustomed to scoring in those two categories may no longer do so.
The Oklahoma State Department of Education is referring to this year as a total reset. In other words, these new lower scores cannot be compared to any test scores from previous years. However, the scores will serve as a baseline for future growth in student learning.
“What Families Need to Know About New Test Results” is a 4 minute video produced by the State Dept. of Education (SDE) that explains to families why this year is a TOTAL RESET. Click here to view video.
In the document, “Giving Oklahoma Students a Competitive Edge: Frequently Asked Questions, Test Results 2017,” the SDE provides answers to the most-asked questions about standards and assessments. Click on this link to open a document on Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s).
For the latest on academic standards, please visit the Oklahoma State Department of Education website: http://sde.ok.gov/sde/oklahoma-academic-standards.
Edmond Public Schools makes available other tests such as a qualifying test for gifted and talented students, proficiency-based promotion tests and tests that assess students’ interests and career goals.