High school students in Oklahoma City Public Schools improved so significantly in math on the state exams this year that the district's data specialist said he hasn't seen similar improvements in the past 30 years.
“The size of the jump is bigger statistically than you would predict,” said George Kimball, chief information officer. “I can't recall ever having 7 percent or 9 percent gains or even going up 6 percent.”
Kimball on Monday night reported for the first time to the school board the districtwide results for the 2011-12 school year state exams.
The most significant gains were in high school Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry end-of-instruction exams.
Still, Oklahoma City Schools students lag significantly behind the state averages on all exam subjects across all grades.
Superintendent Karl Springer said these latest test results indicate, however, that in some subjects, the gap is closing.
“I'm excited that we have seen some improvement with end-of-instruction tests, but we need to continue to improve at the elementary level,” Springer said. “We're not satisfied with where we are, but we're encouraged that there is some improvement.”
For example, in 2011, 70 percent of Oklahoma City students scored proficient or satisfactory on the Algebra I exam. In 2012, 76 percent scored proficient or satisfactory. The state average on the exam was 85 percent proficient in 2012.
In elementary school exams, Kimball said there were very few statistically significant changes.
On average, test results remained the same.