State Testing 2018

The administration of the Oklahoma School Testing Program (OSTP) will take place from April 2, 2018, to April 27, 2018. All students in grades 3 through 8 will be administered OSTP tests in English/Language Arts and Mathematics and students in grades 5 and 8 will also be administered test in Science during this testing window.

Students in grade 11 will be administered the ACT as a part of the new College and Career Readiness Assessment. In addition, to meet federal requirements for science content assessment, students will also take the OSTP College- and Career-Ready Science Content Assessment, which will be administered with 50 percent of the test items from the life sciences and 50 percent from the physical sciences (physics, chemistry and physical science). All 11th-grade students will be assessed in science content to meet new federal ESSA requirements, even if they have previously taken a state science assessment (the 2017 OSTP Science Assessment or the 2016 Biology end of instruction exam).

Some students will be assessed through the Oklahoma Alternative Assessment Program (OAAP) in lieu of participation in the OSTP, based upon criteria determined through their Special Education Individual Education Program. The OAAP testing window is March 26-May 11, 2018.

In addition, some schools and students will be selected to participate in certain national assessment programs. Parent will be notified when and if the school and/or their student has been selected for participation. These national assessments are:
• National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP): Jan. 29-March 9, 2018
• Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS): March 5-April 13, 2018
• International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS): March 5-May 25, 2018

It is important to know that the Oklahoma State Department of Education will penalize school districts that do not test 95 percent of their students. Title 70, § 1210.508 and § 1210.523 of the Oklahoma Statutes requires that the Oklahoma State Board of Education conduct criterion-referenced tests in grades 3 through 8 and conduct college and career readiness exams in grades 9 through 12. In addition to the statutory requirements, the Oklahoma State Board of Education’s administrative rule 210:10-13-2 states that “All public school districts shall administer the state mandated academic achievement tests of the OSTP to all students enrolled in the designated grades.” Therefore, school districts are required to provide a test to every student enrolled in respective testing grades. Both the statute and the language in the promulgated rule require every school district to administer a test to every student enrolled in a tested grade/subject area.

Because of these statutory and rule requirements, there is no “opt-out” option offered through the Oklahoma State Department of Education. In addition, state law (70 O.S. § 5-117) says that local school boards of education do not have the authority to take actions inconsistent with state law or rules that have been adopted by the Oklahoma State Board of Education.

Supporting Your Children During State Testing
The state of Oklahoma supplies abundant resources to supply parents with information about the assessments and help student prepare for the them. The pages change frequently so it pays to revisit them often.

You can find practice versions of the OSTP assessments here: https://oklahoma.onlinehelp.measuredprogress.org

What is PreACT?
Utilizing a program funded by the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education, Putnam City Schools administers the PreACT assessment each fall to all 10th graders. PreACT provides students with information needed to better prepare for future academic and career success. It also provides essential practice for and an estimated range of future scores on the ACT, which is not only an important college entrance exam, but doubles as the primary component of the Oklahoma College and Career Readiness assessment battery taken by all 11th-graders. The PreACT not only informs students and parents about progress toward college and career goals, but also provides the school district with important information for program evaluation and student guidance.

What is NAEP?
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), first administered in 1969, is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what our nation’s students know and can do in subjects such as mathematics, reading, science, and writing. Teachers, principals, parents, policymakers, and researchers all use NAEP results to assess progress and develop ways to improve education in the United States. The results of NAEP are released as The Nation's Report Card, and are available for the nation, states, and in some cases, urban districts. NAEP is a congressionally mandated project administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences.

Schools and students are carefully selected to be in the NAEP samples according to demographic characteristics that make the samples collectively representative of all the nation's students in grades 4, 8 and 12 in public and private schools. The participation of each school and student selected helps ensure that NAEP truly reflects the great diversity of our nation's student population. For example, NAEP reports results for male and female students, Black students and White students, and students in different regions of the country. Samples are selected using a complex sampling design. Test scores and questionnaire responses are always kept confidential. Results are never reported for individual students or schools. District-level results are only reported for select large urban areas across the nation.

What is TIMSS?
The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) provides reliable and timely data on the mathematics and science achievement of U.S. students compared to that of students in other countries. TIMSS data have been collected from students at grades 4 and 8 since 1995 every four years, generally. In addition, TIMSS Advanced measures advanced mathematics and physics achievement in the final year of secondary school across countries. TIMSS Advanced data have been collected internationally three times, in 1995, 2008 and 2015. The United States participated in TIMSS Advanced in 1995 and 2015. TIMSS is sponsored by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement and managed in the United States by the National Center for Education Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Education.

What is ICILS?
The International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS) was first conducted in 2013 by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, an independent, international cooperative of national research agencies, and will be conducted again in 2018. ICILS is a computer-based international assessment of 8th-grade students. The purpose of the study is to collect and analyze data in order to understand the knowledge and abilities of students around the world in key areas of computer and information literacy.

Homeschool/Non-accredited Placement
Students who have been homeschooled or have attended non-accredited schools but wish to enroll in Putnam City Schools may take placement tests to determine subject matter proficiency and placement in grade level and/or courses.