Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) is releasing last spring’s state test results to parents this month. Because of a number of changes to the testing program, parents should expect a significant decrease in scores.
Secondary reports will go home with students between Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. Elementary results will be sent home with students on Dec. 15.
The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is calling this year’s scores “a total reset” and part of a multi-step process in making students more prepared for life after high school.
“The projected drop in scores doesn’t mean students are learning less,” BAPS Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “In fact, test scores could decrease because we are raising the bar for students to ensure they are well prepared to enter a changing workforce after they graduate.”
One reason the scores are expected to be lower is because the Oklahoma academic standards changed in an effort to create students who are strategic thinkers, problem-solvers and innovators of tomorrow. The new standards reflect that desire as opposed to memorizing and recalling information.
Additionally, the scores required to be classified as “proficient” or “advanced” have increased.
“These levels, sometimes referred to as cut scores, were determined by a panel of teachers and educators from across the state with the goal of making sure Oklahoma students are competitive on a national level,” Dunlop said. “This new system will give a true ‘apples-to-apples’ comparison of how our students compare across the country.”
If parents/guardians have immediate questions, they should talk with their student’s principal. To learn more about the changes to the Oklahoma academic standards and how they impact our students, please visit Impacttulsa.org.
You can also watch this video from State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister explaining the changes.