Dear Parents and Community Members,
In 2016, Oklahoma began teaching more comprehensive standards directly tied to college career readiness. In order to meet the prerequisites for state and federal expectations/requirements, the Oklahoma School Testing Program (OSTP) began and continues to measure student growth regarding the Oklahoma Academic Standards in grades 3-8 and 11.
In grades 3-8, student measurement includes OSTP assessments in English, Math, and Science. In grade 11, College and Career Readiness Assessments (CCRA) are given to students in English, math, science, and US History. In order to measure college career standards in English and math, grade 11 students take a national assessment that aligns with those content areas and standards: ACT/SAT.
Therefore to stay in compliance with state and federal law, school districts must administer the above mentioned, required assessments to all students and must measure the achievement of no less than 95% of all students, as well as each subgroup of students enrolled. Thus, each school district will determine assessment requirements for students based on state and federal guidelines. For grades 3-8, those assessments are the OSTP state assessments. For 11th grade Lawton Public Schools will choose either the ACT or SAT for English and math and administer the state CCRA Science and US History.
Over the past two years, Lawton Public Schools chose to administer the ACT for the English and math requirement. Again, it is time to choose either the ACT or SAT for part of the 11 grade state assessment requirements. Lawton Public Schools would like to provide you with an opportunity to provide meaningful insight and input regarding our district’s intent to request permission to administer the ACT in lieu of a statewide test in English and math, again this year.
Please, click on the link below to provide your input regarding this important decision.
Thank you for everything you do to make our school district successful!
Joan E. Gabelmann
Director of Assessment and Accountability
Lawton Public Schools