The Edmond Sun

February 11, 2014

Middle school students taking higher math courses no longer double tested


Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi notified district school superintendents that middle school students testing in Algebra I, Algebra II or Geometry are no longer required to take the grade-level math assessment.

“This double testing has long been a requirement of the U.S. Department of Education, but it is unnecessary and not in the best interest of our students,” Barresi said.

Currently, students in seventh grade and eighth grade can take high school-level math courses. But students doing so are also being required to take seventh-grade or eighth-grade math and score proficient on these math exams, in addition to scoring proficient on the end-of-instruction test in Algebra I. Proficiency on the Algebra I end-of-instruction test is a graduation requirement of the Achieving Classroom Excellence law, enacted in 2005.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education requested a waiver from the double requirement in November 2013 but has yet to receive a response. The upcoming spring testing window, Barresi said, made it necessary for OSDE to do away with the double-testing requirement immediately.

The spring testing window starts April 10.

For accountability purposes, assessment results for the higher-level math classes will also count for a middle school’s A-F grade.