State expands window for testing
In case you missed it in today’s paper, the state has added more time for Oklahoma schools to administer mandated tests.
The decision was made in response to the number of days schools have had to remain closed due to winter storms. Some schools in southeast Oklahoma have up to seven days to make up.
All of that missed instruction time had teachers, parents and students worried about the high stakes tests coming up at the end of this month and the middle of April.
“We need to provide time for educators and students to get caught up in their lesson plans before having major tests,” State Education Superintendent Sandy Garrett said in a press release sent out Wednesday.
The expansions give a longer “window” for the exams to be given.
For example, the writing exam for Grades 5 and 8 was originally to be given on Feb. 24, but schools can now select the alternate date of March 3.
The math and reading tests for third through eighth grade students received a one week expansion and can now be given from April 12 to May 7.
View the new calendar here.