In Putnam City Schools, we understand that an effective testing system is an important facet of the instructional cycle. The summative assessment program put forth by the state combined with our continual use of district classroom-based formative assessments help make student learning visible. Furthermore, the administration of state regulated assessments creates a culture of accountability and transparency within Putnam City Schools.
- State Testing 2019
- The OSTP Parent Portal
- Supporting Your Student During State Testing
- The PreACT
- The NAEP
- Placement Testing
- Proficiency Based Testing
State Testing 2019
The administration of the Oklahoma School Testing Program (OSTP) will take place in April 2019. 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 a test in Science during this testing window.
Students in grade 11 will be administered the ACT as a part of the College and Career Readiness Assessment. In addition, all 11th grade students will take a Science Content Assessment and a U. S. History Assessment.
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 2019 - May 2019.
In addition, some schools and students will be selected to participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Parents will be notified when and if the school and/or their student has been selected for participation. The testing window for administering the NAEP will be January 2019 - March 2019.
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.
OSTP Parent Portal
Upon your initial login, you will be required to you enter your student’s birthdate and state testing number. This number is located on a paper report of your student’s scores that you received from the school, and is labeled “State ID Number”.
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.
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. Additionally, these tests apply to students who have been retained and are seeking to be placed in the grade level consistent with their age or ability. Students and parents have 30 days from the first day of classes attended to requests placement testing.
For more information, please contact Putnam City School's Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.
Proficiency-Based Promotion Tests
To maximize academic growth opportunities for students in Putnam City Schools, the district has established a Proficiency-Based Promotion (PBP) program for students in kindergarten through grade 12. The parameters for this program are specified in House Bill 1017. This program provides students the opportunity to move ahead in their educational efforts by demonstrating proficiency in one or more curriculum areas.
Registration forms are made available during the Spring of each school year. Forms may be found on this page or at the school site.
High School and Middle School
If exams are passed at the 90 percent proficiency level, a student may receive credit and may be promoted to the next level of study. Secondary credits are earned per subject, not on an overall grade promotion basis. Credit earned in high school courses will count toward meeting graduation requirements. After counseling with appropriate school personnel, a letter grade of “A” or “Pass” will be denoted on the student's transcript as PBP. No record of unsuccessful attempts will be maintained in a student’s permanent record.
Most exams are multiple choice, however, some areas such as language arts, science, and foreign language may have additional or different requirements. Students with additional expectations, such as a written essay, must submit the essay to the district coordinator no later than 8 a.m. the morning of their exam. See your student’s principal, counselor, or the district coordinator for additional information. Fifth-grade students should apply through their feeder middle school.
In preparation for testing Putnam City Schools recommends studying the Oklahoma standards for the area tested. The Oklahoma standards can be reviewed at the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s website.
Student exam results may be picked up in person at the Administration Building or mailed if a self-addressed stamped envelope has been included with the student’s paperwork. Expect test results within two weeks (timeframe can change depending on the volume of students testing).
For more information, please contact Brandy Sitts, PBP Coordinator, at (405) 495-5200, ext. 1213, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Proficiency tests will be offered on May 29, 2019 and Aug. 2, 2019.
Applications for proficiency tests are due:
- May 29 Test Date: May 24
- August 2 Test Date: July 23
Time: 8 a.m. - noon
Location: Putnam City Administration Building, 5401 NW 40th St. Oklahoma City, OK 73122
Forms and Documents
- Letter to Parents
- Things to Consider
- Elementary Student Application
- Middle School and High School Student Applications