Report Shows Disparity Between State Testing Scores and NAEP

Oklahoma parents not getting full picture of student proficiency

Oklahoma City (May 14, 2015) – A report issued today by Achieve.org shows Oklahoma parents are not getting a true picture of their children’s preparedness for college or a career. The difference between state test score results and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also called the Nation’s Report Card, is more than 30 percentage points in some areas.

“This report clearly shows the problem with not having state tests aligned to college and career readiness,” said Oklahoma Educated Workforce Initiative Executive Director Jennifer Monies. “Our parents think their children are succeeding, but when they are compared to their peers across the country, they come up short.”

The result of this false sense of accomplishment is that students require remediation when entering college and businesses can’t fill jobs because there are no qualified candidates. A recent report commissioned by OEWI called “Oklahoma’s Business Case for Education Reform” found that 40% of Oklahoma’s college-bound students have to take remedial courses in college. The same report estimates that 64% of Oklahoma jobs will require post-secondary education in2020 while only 37% of working adults will have that, requiring an additional 524,000 degrees to make up the difference.
 
“There is hope for the future as Oklahoma starts down the path of new standards,” said State Chamber of Oklahoma Vice President of Government Affairs Jennifer Lepard. “But our state tests have to be something colleges recognize and parents trust to tell them their children are ready for higher education or their dream job.”

The Achieve.org report can be viewed online by clicking here. OEWI’s Business Case for Education Reform report can be found online by clicking here.

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