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Tulsa Public Schools see sharp declines in reading, math proficiency rates

By ANDREA EGER & KIM ARCHER - Tulsa World Modified: August 15, 2014 at 6:55 am •  Published: August 15, 2014

Tulsa Public Schools’ elementary and middle school sites saw sharp declines in student proficiency rates in reading and math on 2013-14 Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests, while many suburban districts also posted significant decreases.

While they are still analyzing the test results, school officials throughout the area said they think the slide in proficiency rates is largely related to a new state requirement to give the vast majority of special education students the same exam as non-disabled students, rather than an alternative assessment.

“Due to the elimination of alternative tests for special education students, also known as the OMAAP, many of our special needs students were required to take the same exam as all our students and these scores were tabulated as part of our overall student performance,” said Janet Dunlop, Broken Arrow assistant superintendent of instructional services.

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