Oklahoma education leaders say new testing standards have led to a decline in students’ scores.
According to statewide scores released this week, most students lacked the basic subject-level knowledge Oklahoma now requires. An average of 63 percent of the state’s students scored below proficient last school year in the 18 state-required tests in third through eighth grade, and 10th grade.
Educations leaders say the drop isn’t due to a decline in teaching or student knowledge. They believe the drop is due the stricter standards.
The state’s new proficiency rates come as Oklahoma decreased its end-of-the-year testing requirements. High school students will be required to take either the ACT or SAT this year, instead of the seven exams that were previously required.