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Bartlesville consistently outperforms state averages on new assessments

posted Oct 20, 2017, 5:34 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Oct 20, 2017, 1:37 PM ]
The State Department of Education has released the results of the Spring 2017 assessments to districts. The district is still analyzing and interpreting the results, but we are pleased to report that Bartlesville students on each assessment consistently outperformed the state averages. 

However, as expected, the number of students who rated Proficient or Advanced has fallen dramatically statewide across all assessments. This is due to a deliberate choice to use higher standards, more complex assessments, and higher cut scores. 

The state reset its assessment system so that state results in elementary and middle school would yield similar proficiency levels as the National Assessment of Educational Progress and so that high school proficiency levels would match up to results from the ACT college readiness examination.

It is important for students, parents, and the public to know that:
  • The decreases from previous years do NOT mean our students are less skilled or our schools or teachers are less effective. Instead, they reflect how Oklahoma’s scores have been recalibrated to align with national data and assessments.
  • The 2016-2017 state results represent a new beginning and are a TOTAL RESET; no comparison is possible with student or school 
More information on the changes in the assessments are in an earlier newspost: Lower state test results will reflect higher standards. We expect individual student scores to be released in late November or early December, although some teachers may be sharing initial results with parents at upcoming parent-teacher conferences.

The district will analyze the results and use them as a new baseline in its continual effort to improve its curriculum and instruction. We appreciate our patrons' patience and support as we strive to help each student reach his or her potential.
The state department of education has produced a 4-minute online video, “What Families Need to Know About New Test Results”.

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Granger Meador,
Oct 20, 2017, 5:34 AM