State educators expect parents and teachers to be shocked by new test results

Posted at 9:11 AM, Oct 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-11 15:47:54-04

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla -- State test scores will be released to schools this week.

After re-developing standards, Oklahoma's superintendent of education said the results will be a shock to parents and teachers.

New testing is based around the SAT and ACT. Curriculum is developed to prepare for this down to Kindergarten.

This summer educators determined a new base line for what is considered to be proficient.

"Our students have tremendous aspirations. And they want to be in stem fields. They want to be ready to study engineering and move into a job market," superintendent Joy Hofmeister said.

Currently about 40 percent of Oklahoma students are taking remedial college classes, and most of them will not graduate from a university within six years.

Teachers across the state said their students are capable of more than that.

"I for one as a teacher set the expectation bar very high. As they grow up and become college and career ready life is not easy so if we're not preparing them for life based skills then they're never going to get there," Shannon Ashong said.

By 2025 it's predicted that only 23 percent of jobs in Oklahoma will require a high school degree or less.

"Hopefully as they go through and graduate and go to college they'll be able to bring jobs into Oklahoma and then hopefully our economy will increase and do better," Ashong said.

State educators expect it to take a few years for new standards to be met, especially with roadblocks like the teacher shortage and challenges in funding.

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