Measuring progress together…

At Epic Charter Schools, we believe that administering proper assessments helps families, their students and teachers gauge progress. By participating in these, we can implement intervention strategies should deficiencies be seen. Likewise, we may see that some students need more challenging coursework should they test at excelled levels. All of this is only to help each student progress at a healthy pace and achieve learning gains.

Our testing schedule involves the tests indicated in these tabs.

Bracken (Pre-K)

About the Bracken Assessments (BRSA)

The BSRA offers testing to children for six basic skills including the identification of colors, upper and lower case letters, single and double digit numbers and the child’s ability to count, their ability to use different words to describe sizes, such as bigger and smaller, comparisons of different objects, and the identification of different shapes. Pre-K students enrolled in Epic Charter Schools will be required to take the Bracken Assessment or BRSA. Typically, students are scheduled for these assessments in August of each school year. The BSRA offers testing to children for six basic skills including the identification of colors, upper and lower case letters, single and double digit numbers and the child’s ability to count, their ability to use different words to describe sizes, such as bigger and smaller, comparisons of different objects, and the identification of different shapes.

  • Student must identify common colors by name.
  • Students must identify upper-case and lower-case letters.
  • Student must identify single- and double-digit numerals, and must count objects.
  • Student must demonstrate knowledge of words used to depict size (e.g. TALL, WIDE, etc.)
  • Student must match or differentiate objects based on a specific characteristic.
  • Student must identify basic shapes by name.

The Bracken School Readiness Assessment tests these skills based upon standard concepts that are normally taught by parents, preschool, and kindergarten teachers in preparation for school. Test questions are usually either given orally or by multiple choice, and the testers administer questions with the use of picture books or through simple interactions, so although children need good listening skills to take it, they do not necessarily need to know how to read or write. The scores attained on the standardized intelligence test can be converted to a percentile, and there are also ways to convert the scores so that a child can be categorized as either ‘advanced’ or ‘delayed’.

MAP (K-12th)

About MAP Benchmarks

Each MAP Benchmark is used to track and measure learning gains throughout the year. Required of all Epic Charter Schools students in Grades K-12.  NWEA Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) presents students with engaging, age-appropriate content. As a student responds to questions, the MAP responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty. The result is a rewarding experience for the student, and a wealth of detailed information for teachers, parents and administrators.

Assessment Dates

Please click here to be directed to testing dates on our School Calendar. The calendar you will see will be filtered to show only dates related to testing.

Powered By Data

The underlying data driving the assessment ensures remarkable accuracy, based on over 24 million assessments given during the past 30+ years. NWEA’s equal-interval RIT scale increases the stability, providing grade-independent analysis of a child’s learning. For educators, it means at last having timely information that, used well, can change the course of a student’s schoolyear — and life.

Scoring

Once tested, your child will be assigned a RIT score in three areas. Your teacher will help you understand the scores once they are determined. Click here to see the ranges and additional documents you can use along with your child’s teacher to make learning gains.

OCCTs (3rd-8th)

About the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests

Often called the OCCTs, these tests are administered during the spring of each year – usually April. These tests are mandated by the State of Oklahoma and focus on core curriculum standards. Required of all Epic Charter Schools students in grades 3-8.  Oklahoma mandates all students grades 3-8 take tests appropriate to their grade level. Epic will administer these tests at multiple locations throughout the state. Below is a list of locations with dates and grades being tested.

What to Expect:

The tests are split between pencil & paper tests, and online tests. Most tests are scheduled for 90-120 minutes, though actual finish times vary from student to student. Students will generally have time for a small break between tests, though food and drink will not be provided during this time. Parents and guardians are free to stay at the testing site throughout the day, or they may leave and return to pick up their child after testing has been completed.

ID Requirements:

After inquiring with the State Department, student ID requirements for our younger students have been relaxed. Here are the 3 options available:

Test Dates & Locations:

Students are required to test at their predetermined test sites. In most cases, students have been assigned tests at a location nearest to their home. For a testing calendar, please click here. For a map of the main testing locations, please click here.

Additional Information and Testing Guides:

Use the linked PDF files for detailed information on the tests. The tests are arranged by grade, and handily indicate what tests will be needed for a given grade level. Updated testing guides from the OSDE will be posted as they become available.

The following links (sorted by grade level) provide more insight into test specifications, sample tests and much more.

Online Test Simulation:

The link below will take you to a simulation of the online tests. This is ONLY a simulation and not scored in any way at all. Again, this is not a practice test…

IEP Accommodations:

Testing accommodations for standardized tests will be noted in the IEP as determined by the multidisciplinary team.

Writing (5th & 8th)

About the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Writing Tests

These writing tests typically take place in February of each year and are mandated by the State of Oklahoma. Exact dates will be listed in the calendar by January. Required of all Epic Charter Schools students in grades 5 & 8.  The purpose of this test is to measure Oklahoma fifth-grade students’ level of proficiency in the Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) in Writing. Students provide a writing sample by responding to a specific topic in any one of four modes. Each student’s writing sample is evaluated based on a group of six analytic rubrics. These scores, and a computed composite score, supply information about student performance in the following areas: composite writing; ideas and development; organization, unity, and coherence; word choice; sentences and paragraphs; grammar and usage; and mechanics.

ID Requirements:

After inquiring with the State Department, student ID requirements for our younger students have been relaxed. Here are the 3 options available:

Test Dates & Locations:

Students are required to test at their predetermined test sites. In most cases, students have been assigned tests at a location nearest to their home. For a testing calendar, please click here. For a map of the main testing locations, please click here.

Additional Information and Testing Guides:

Grade 5 Information

Passage-Based Sample Prompts

Grade 8 Information

Passage-Based Sample Prompts

EOIs (9th-12th)

About the End of Instruction Exams (EOIs)

The EOI Tests are mandated by the State of Oklahoma and consist of seven tests – Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, English 2, English 3, Biology and U.S. History. Students MUST PASS Algebra 1 and English 2 plus any two other tests. Various testing windows are available. Right now, Epic offers these tests in January (Winter), April-May (Spring) and June-July (Summer). Required of all Epic Charter Schools students in order to graduate. 

High School students in the B-side of the following classes take End-of-Instruction exams: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Biology I, English II, English III, History.

Oklahoma law currently states that assessments must be taken once the corresponding course of instruction has been completed. In order to meet the federal No Child Left Behind legislation requirements, all students prior to graduating from high school must take the Algebra I, Biology I and English II assessments regardless of whether instruction has been taken, unless otherwise exempt. A total of four tests must passed. (OAC 210:10-13-2)
Some of the information in this section will be a repetition of the information provided for grades 3-8, but is repeated here for clarity and convenience. For those with students in both grades, please read carefully, as there are several differences in testing protocol between the 3-8 and EOI tests.

What to Expect:

All multiple choice tests are online tests, while the English 2 & 3 writing tests are pencil and paper. Most tests are scheduled for 120-140 minutes, though English tests are scheduled for 280 minutes, and actual finish times vary from student to student. Students will generally have time for a small break between tests, though food and drink will not be provided during this time. Parents and guardians are free to stay at the testing site throughout the day, or they may leave and return to pick up their student after testing has been completed.

ID Requirements:

Photo Identification is required for all testing students. Accepted forms of photo ID are shown here http://www.actstudent.org/faq/answers/id.html A state ID (obtained at most tag agencies) or notarized statement (obtained at many banks) are often the easiest to obtain.

Create An Epic Student ID

You may create an Epic student ID by clicking here. Your information will be saved and made available to testing coordinators. This is the easiest way for us to verify students who may not have another form of identification.

Test Dates & Locations:

Students are required to test at their predetermined test sites. In most cases, students have been assigned tests at a location nearest to their home. For a testing calendar, please click here. For a map of the main testing locations, please click here.

Additional Information & Testing Guides:

Use the linked PDF files for detailed information on the tests. The tests are arranged by subject, and handily indicate what tests will be needed for each.

EOI Test Preparation Manual

2013-2014 EOI Test Preparation Manual (PDF)

EOI Parent, Student & Teacher Guides

EOI Reviews

Online Test Simulation:

The link below will take you to a simulation of the online tests. This is ONLY a simulation and not scored in any way at all. Again, this is not a practice test…

IEP Students:

Testing accommodations for standardized tests will be noted in the IEP as determined by the multidisciplinary team. *** Students are not required to take an EOI if they haven’t taken the course.