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Testing Information

Testing Calendars

OCCT and EOI State Testing Trend Data (2016)

 

The Oklahoma State Testing Program

Who will be tested?

  • Grade 3 through Grade 8 - The Oklahoma State Testing Program (OSTP), Criterion Referenced Test covers the Oklahoma Academic Standards (OAS). The Oklahoma Alternative Assessments (OAAP) are available for special needs students who qualify.
  • High School - Students in 11th grade will take the SAT test and an integrated Science test. OAAP are available for special needs students who qualify.

What is being tested?

  • Grade 3 and 4 - Mathematics and Reading
  • Grade 5 - Mathematics, Reading, Science and Writing
  • Grade 6 and 7 - Mathematics and Reading
  • Grade 8 - Mathematics, Reading, Science and Writing
  • Grade 11 - SAT (English, Writing and Mathematics) and Science

Oklahoma ACE Testing Requirements for Graduation

Oklahoma ACE Testing Requirements for Graduation

  • Beginning with any student entering 9th grade in 2008-09, a student may graduate from an Oklahoma high school with a standard diploma by demonstrating mastery in the state academic content standards for Algebra I; English II; and two of the following five: Algebra II, Biology I, English III, Geometry and U. S. History by attaining at least a satisfactory or proficient score on the EOI test. Graduation checklist. For more information: Click here

If a student doesn't score at the satisfactory level they may:

  • Retake the EOI in a following test window ( Summer, Winter, Spring)
  • Prove proficiency on another approved alternate test (ACT, ACT PLAN, AP, CLEP, SAT, TABE, IB, TOEFL, Workkeys)
  • Successfully complete a State End of Course Project that meets all standards and objectives of the State EOI Rubrics for Projects.

Graduation Requirement Exemptions:

  • All students shall take the tests upon completion of the courses to graduate, unless otherwise exempt by law.
  • Students who completed instruction prior to the year of the EOI test implemented are as follows:
    • English II and U. S. History: 2000-01

      Algebra I and Biology: 2002-03

      Algebra II, English III and Geometry 2007-08

Performance levels for OCCT Assesments:

The Oklahoma State Testing Program (OSTP) consists of standards-based criterion-referenced tests with results reported in terms of performance levels. The Oklahoma Performance Index (OPI) is a scaled score that places students into one of the four performance levels:

  • Unsatisfactory - The student does not perform at least at the Limited Knowledge level.
  • Limited Knowledge - The student demonstrates partial mastery of the essential knowledge and skills appropriate to the grade level, course, or level of education, as applicable.
  • Proficient - The student demonstrates mastery of appropriate grade-level subject matter and that students are ready for the next grade, course, or level of education, as applicable.
  • Advanced - The student demonstrates superior performance on challenging subject matter.

Norm Referenced Testing Terms

  • Raw Score - the number of questions answered correctly; this score is the basis for all other derived scores.
  • Scaled Scores - represent approximately equal units on a continuous scale; scale scores make it possible to compare scores in a given content area from one form to another and from one level to another; they are not equivalent from one subtest area to another or from one type of test to another.
  • Percentile Ranks - percentile ranks range from a low 1 to a high of 99, with 50 denoting average performance; they are useful obtaining a student's relative  standing in comparison with other student's in the same grade, taking the same test at a comparable time; percentile ranks do not represent actual amounts of ability; they are not equal units along the scale.
  • Stanines - stanines are normalized standard scores; they indicate a student'srelative standing in a reference group, the stanine score ranges from a low of 1 to a high of 9, stanine scores of 1, 2 and 3 are usually considered below average; stanine scores of 4, 5 and 6 are generally considered average; and stanine scores of 7, 8 and 9 are above average; stanines represent approximately equal units of ability.
  • Normal Curve Equivalent (NCE) - the NCE is a normalized standard score with a mean of 50.  The score is often used to enable test users to manipulate the data algebraically; the NCE has a direct, fixed relationship to percentile ranks.
  • Grade Equivalent - a score that represents the typical performance of students tested in a given month of the school year; the scores range from K to PHS, where the K designates Kindergarten and PHS represent Post High School. The score ranges in between are given with a numeral to the left of a decimal and to the right of the decimal.  The numeral to the left refers to the grade for which the performance is typical; the number to the right refers to the school month of the year.
  • Example of GE- if a 3rd grader received a GE of 5.9, this students' score is about the same as what a typical 5th grader in the 9th month of school would have been had they taken the third grade test.

How can parents help their children do well?

  • Make sure your child attends school every day.
  • Encourage your child to take responsibility for homework and class study.
  • Praise your child for work well done.
  • Be aware of test dates; schedule appointments on non-testing dates.
  • See that your child is rested and eats breakfast.
  • See that your child arrives at school on time and is relaxed.
  • Encourage your child to do the best work possible.

Where do I find more information?

  • Your child's teacher and school
  • The Parent Student Teacher Guides distributed at least one week prior to State Testing
  • Oklahoma State Department of Education, Student Assessment (405) 521-3341
  • Oklahoma State Department of Education

Regulations for Proficiency-Based Promotion

Approved by State Board of Education on June 24, 1993

 


 

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