ERIC Number: ED472564
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Aiming Higher: Leveraging the Opportunities for Education Reform in Oklahoma. Part I of a Review of Standards, Assessments and Accountability.
This report describes an external review of education reform in Oklahoma that focuses on standards, assessment, and accountability. Analysis of written documents and interviews with leaders from government, education, business, and other stakeholders indicate that the biggest strength of Oklahoma's education system is the widely shared, genuine commitment to improving opportunities for all young people. Results find that Oklahoma's standards and assessments and ACT's Standards for Transition have significant strengths, though there are also shortcomings. The assessment system provides measures of student progress against state standards, as well as measures permitting comparisons with students in other states; includes tests in a broad number of subjects; and uses the ACT to good advantage. However, the array of tests is disjointed. Strengths of the accountability system include: reports on performance are widely disseminated, high stakes appear to motivate students and schools to succeed, and higher education is a genuine partner in school accountability. Some of the many problematic areas include: it is unclear how useful test results are to schools and the public, interventions for low-performing schools must be strengthened, and the system has few stakes for anyone. Recommendations for improvement in each area are included. Three appendices present review team biographies, references, and interviews. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, State Standards, Student Evaluation
Achieve, Inc., 400 North Capitol Street, N.W., Suite 351, Washington, DC 20001. Tel: 202-624-1460; Fax: 202-624-1468; Web site: http://www.achieve.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Oklahoma State Dept. of Education, Oklahoma City.; Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma City.; Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition.
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Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma