What Types of Assessments are Included in the Oklahoma School Testing Program (OSTP)?
In an attempt to meet the needs of the students of the state of Oklahoma, the OSTP encompasses three different assessment types.
The first is the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Test (OCCT), which is intended for the majority of the students. This assessment is given to regular education students, students who are on an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 Plan, and English Language Learners (ELL). It may be given either with or without approved accommodations.
The second is the Oklahoma Modified Alternate Assessment Program (OMAAP), which is also referred to as the Modified test. This assessment is only given to students who are on an IEP and who meet the specified criteria on the Updated Criteria Checklist, which is available on the state Web site. This assessment may be given either with or without approved accommodations.
The third is the Oklahoma Alternate Assessment Program (OAAP), which is also referred to as the portfolio assessment. This assessment is intended for students with the most severe cognitive disabilities. It may be given only to students who are on an IEP and who meet the specified criteria on the Updated Criteria Checklist, which is available on the state Web site. The Special Education Department oversees the implementation of this assessment.
What are the Requirements of the Oklahoma School Testing Program (OSTP)?
Oklahoma state tests are used to assess student achievement; target student, classroom, and program improvement; and inform parents of student progress. The administration of the OCCTs fulfills No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and state mandates for testing, and Reading and Math test results are used for federal and state accountability requirements. The scope and general administration of the OSTP is outlined in state law, 70 O.S. § 1210.505. Rules that govern the specifics of test administration and other details are available under Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 210:10-13.
Oklahoma public schools administer the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) and the Oklahoma Modified Alternate Assessment Program (OMAAP) in Grades 3 through 8 and after completion of specific high school courses. All state tests are aligned to the Oklahoma Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS).
For the OCCT, Reading and Math tests are administered in Grades 3-8; Science, Social Studies, and Writing are given in Grade 5; Geography is given in Grade 7; and Science, U.S. History and Writing are given in Grade 8. ACE English II, ACE English III, ACE Algebra I, ACE Algebra II, ACE Geometry, ACE Biology I, and ACE U.S. History are given as End-of-Instruction (EOI) tests in high school.
For the OMAAP, Reading and Math tests are available in Grades 3-8 and Science is available in Grades 5 and 8. English II, Algebra I, Biology I, and U.S. History are available as End-of-Instruction (EOI) tests in high school. All students must take the OCCT for content areas in which a Modified assessment is not available.
The Department of Special Education oversees the implementation of the OAAP, or Portfolio assessment, which includes all of the Grades 3-8 content areas and End-of-Instruction for English II, Algebra I, Biology I, U.S. History, Algebra II, Geometry, and English III based on the grade level of the student in question. All students must take the general OCCT for content areas in which a Portfolio assessment does not cover.
Though schools and teachers should be remediating students who are not mastering grade level skills as part of their routine duties, the ACE legislation formally began requiring remediation for students not scoring Proficient/Satisfactory in Grade 7 Reading and Math beginning with 2006-2007 results, and in Grade 8 Reading and Math beginning with 2007-2008 results. ACE legislation further requires students, beginning with the incoming freshman class of 2008-2009, to score Proficient or better on the ACE Algebra I and ACE English II and two of the other five EOI tests (or alternate tests approved by the State Board of Education) as part of their graduation requirements. ACE law further stipulates that students who do not score at least at the Proficient/Satisfactory level on the EOI tests, shall be offered remediation and the opportunity to retake each test three times each calendar year.
You can find more Frequently Asked Questions about the Oklahoma School Testing Program at: http://sde.state.ok.us/AcctAssess/pdf/FAQ_OSTP.pdf