Oklahoma program may have contributed to record number of ACT test-takers, official says

by Silas Allen Modified: September 6, 2012 at 10:09 pm •  Published: September 7, 2012
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It also gives teachers similar reports that show how their classes perform on tests. If an entire class answers a certain type of question incorrectly, the teacher can adjust his or her instruction to help students understand the topic better.

The program is based on the ACT's Educational Planning and Assessment System, which is designed to prepare students for their goals after high school. The program includes a series of exams and reports, which culminates with the ACT.

Like the ACT model, Oklahoma's program consists of three tests — Explore and Plan, which are administered in eighth and 10th grade, respectively, followed by the ACT.

Overall, the state's ACT results were mixed. Schools across the state averaged anywhere from 14.7 to 31.7 on the exam's 36-point scale, according to state data.

Overall, students in Oklahoma scored an average of 20.7, which was below the national average of 21.1.


by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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