Preliminary state test results for students available by late May, Hofmeister announces

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For the first time, Oklahoma educators and families will be able to review their students’ state test results as early as May. The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) anticipates preliminary results of the Oklahoma School Testing Program (OSTP) for grades 3-8 will be available by the end of May, giving families access to their children’s test scores before summer break begins for many districts.

Individual scores will be posted on the OSTP Student/Family Portal, linked on the new online interactive Oklahoma School Report Card dashboard at oklaschools.com. To log in to the portal, families must have their student’s unique 10-digit State Testing Number, or STN, which is available through their local school or on previous OSTP parent reports. Families are limited to one account but can share a password once that account has been activated.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said the OSDE worked to ensure the earlier results after hearing from educators and families.

“These timely results will give educators and families academic momentum for their child’s next grade,” she said. “Moreover, this information can help equip families to combat the dreaded summer learning ‘slide’ that often forces educators to review copious amounts of material once school starts in August.”

Families can access the OSTP Portal on the oklaschools.com dashboard by clicking the “Your Student” tab or directly at https://okparentportal.emetric.net/login. The portal also contains OSTP results for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years.

Oklahoma’s state assessments include only federally required tests plus U.S. history for high school juniors. The state administers math and English language arts (ELA) tests for grades 3-8 and science for grades 5 and 8. As juniors, students also take the SAT or ACT through their local school.

“State assessments cannot measure all that our students know, but they are an important tool that helps identify academic progress and measure individual student growth year over year,” Hofmeister said. “Measuring what matters is one way we can ensure every student has the opportunity to achieve academic success.”

OSDE has also redesigned its OSTP Parent, Student and Teacher Guides to support the role of the state tests under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The new grade-specific guides include a section on what students are learning in core areas, ways families can support learning and examples of the kinds of questions students see on state tests. The guides are available in English and Spanish. To see the guides and access other tools and resources, visit https://sde.ok.gov/oklahoma-school-testing-program-ostp-families.

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