|About test results in Oklahoma|
Although test results are only one measure of student achievement, they have become increasingly important in assessing student learning. In 2005-2006 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Test (OCCT) to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. Students in grade 5 were also tested in writing, science and social studies, and students in grade 8 were tested in writing, science and U.S. history/ Constitution Government. Grade 7 students were tested in geography. High school students were required to take the OCCT End-of Instruction (EOI) tests in Algebra I, Biology I, English II and U.S. history in order to graduate. The OCCT is a standards-based test that measures how well students are meeting the state's grade-level expectations.
How are the tests scored?
Which results are included on GreatSchools profiles?
GreatSchools also displays subgroup results to show how different groups of students are scoring in comparison to the overall student population in a given grade and subject. These subgroups are identified by the Oklahoma State Department of Education; if there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.
Why do the tests matter?
It is important to be aware of both your child's score on the assessments and the overall score for her school. If your child scores below the standards, contact the teacher to discuss getting additional assistance, and to find out how you can support your child's learning at home.
If the school's overall results are low, ask what steps the school is taking to raise achievement levels for all students, and what you can do to help. If your child is in a failing school, ask what your options are for transferring and obtaining supplemental services.
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Source: OK SDE, 2005-2006