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october 16, 2014 - Statement from Chancellor Johnson on the Review of the Oklahoma Priority Academic Student Skills Standards for English Language Arts, Mathematics RSS feed

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“Rigorous standards are one of four academic factors that are essential to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to compete and succeed in college. The other key components that impact college readiness are curriculum, instruction and assessments.

Provisions of HB 3399 required the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to certify whether or not the K-12 Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) standards for mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) meet college and career readiness standards. Prior to passage of the bill, we notified the authors of the bill that a comprehensive review of the ELA and math PASS standards would take 4 to 6 months.

To discharge their responsibilities under the legislation, immediately following passage of HB 3399, the State Regents convened faculty committees of campus subject matter experts with experience in developing and reviewing math and ELA standards to assess the alignment of PASS standards with the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards. Each step of this review was executed as efficiently as possible without sacrificing the integrity of the process, and we were able to meet our goal of completing the review process and presenting a final report to the State Regents for consideration and approval at their Oct. 16 meeting.

At the meeting today, the State Regents accepted the report on the review of the Oklahoma PASS standards in math and ELA. The Mathematics review committee unanimously concluded that the math PASS standards are college- and career-ready, and that students who master the standards would be prepared for a first-year college math course such as college algebra. The ELA review committee unanimously concluded that the ELA PASS standards are college- and career-ready, and that students who master the standards would be prepared for a first-year college English composition course. Both committees identified concerns and provided recommendations to further strengthen these PASS standards and reduce remediation rates.

The findings of the Mathematics and ELA review committees and the State Regents’ standards assessment process were independently evaluated and supported by consultants from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).

As prescribed by HB 3399, the final report on the review of the Oklahoma PASS standards in math and ELA will now be provided to the State Board of Education.”

Download the full report at www.okhighered.org/studies-reports/misc/PASS-report.pdf.