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.
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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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After inquiring with the State Department, student ID requirements for our younger students have been relaxed. Here are the 3 options available:
- Any form of government issued ID (such as a military ID or driver’s license).
- For students in grades 3-9, parents may sign the student in.
- Or, you may create a student ID by clicking here.
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:
Updated Parent, Student, Teacher Guides for all OCCTs will be available soon. In the meantime, please use the links sorted by grade level below.
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…
- Access all online test simulators
- Student Login: practice
- Password: oklahoma
Testing accommodations for standardized tests will be noted in the IEP as determined by the multidisciplinary team.
As you may already know, the End of Instruction Exams or EOIs are no longer administered in Oklahoma. However, this does not mean that high school students will be exempt from some form of testing. At this time, Epic Charter School is able to provide you with the following information regarding the 2016-17 school year.
Assessments to be Administered
- Grade 11 OAS Science
- Grade 11 ACT with Writing
Specific dates are yet to be determined and will be made known on the school calendar. Unlike previous years, these tests will only be administered in April.
Are students required to pass a certain test for graduation?
In short, yes. This test is yet to be determined, though it remains a local decision to be decided upon by Epic Charter School.