ERIC Number: ED472565
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Measuring Up: A Standards and Assessment Benchmarking Report for Oklahoma. Part II of a Review of Standards, Assessments and Accountability.
Achieve, Inc., Washington, DC.
This report describes an external review of education reform in Oklahoma that focuses on standards and assessment for benchmarking in English language arts and mathematics, including the related standards and assessments of the American College Testing (ACT) program. Data collection involved analysis of written documents; interviews with leaders from government, education, business, and other stakeholders; and alignment review of Oklahoma's tests in English language arts and mathematics. Results find that Oklahoma's standards in both English language arts and mathematics are comprehensive, written in clear prose, and typically expressed in measurable terms. Oklahoma's Core Curriculum Tests in English language arts and mathematics generally align well with standards identified as appropriate for testing at the state level. Oklahoma's standards and tests lack a consistent level of rigor. Although ACT's standards and Oklahoma's standards are fundamentally compatible, ACT tests in English, reading, and mathematics are not strongly aligned to Oklahoma's standards. Recommendations include making substantive revisions to Oklahoma's Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) in English language arts, fine tuning PASS in mathematics, and bringing Oklahoma's system of standards and tests into closer alignment with ACT's standards and tests by judiciously augmenting the state system with key elements from the ACT. Expert and staff biographies are appended. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Benchmarking, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Language Arts, Mathematics, State Standards
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.
Authoring Institution: Achieve, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma