School districts across Oklahoma hope students will adapt after drop in test scores

JENKS, Okla. -- Districts across the state are adapting to new test scores after seeing a drastic drop in response to state standards set to meet the national average.

The new scoring for state testing is based on how prepared students are for college, since almost 40 percent have to take remedial classes once they gradute.

As a principal at Jenks Intermediate, Linda Reid said it's important to look beyond the high school diploma.

"I like the shift to career and college readines. A lot of our kids are looking at Ivy League colleges and those big starry dreams but we also have one that want to do things that will require trade school," she said.

Jenks schools have implemented the new curriculum introduced over the last few years. Staff said they won't make changes based on new scores. Instead, they hope classrooms will catch up to the new standard over time.

"We have processes in place that have been in place for a number of years that help us look at that in a systematic way. And I don't see substantial changes in our practice based on the new test results for our district," said associate superintendent for educational services Lisa Muller.

Schools in Jenks are seeing the most success in English Language arts. Principals said that's a priority for their schools.

"Literacy is the foundational block for all other education because in order to access the curriculum for math, science, and social studies one has to have some basic literacy skills so that will be one of our focus pieces," Reid said.

Currently 83 percent of Jenks 10th graders are testing below average in science, and 50 percent are below average in math.

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