During the 2016-2017 school year, the number of tests and frequency of testing windows for Oklahoma State Assessments will be significantly reduced. This is good news, following many years of state and federal requirements that led to excessive testing.
It is important to note, however, that the new “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) continues to require states administer “high-quality annual assessments.” The federally required tests include a reading or language arts assessment annually in grades 3-8 and once in grades 9-12; and a mathematics assessment annually in grades 3-8 and once in grades 9-12. The federal required tests also include a science assessment to be administered once in the grade spans of 3-5, once in 6-9 and once in 10-12. The State of Oklahoma also requires students to complete an exam at the conclusion of the high school U. S. History course.
In an effort to remain compliant with the assessment requirements found in ESSA, but also to ensure Oklahoma’s students are receiving quality-time for instruction, the following state mandated tests will be administered in the spring:
- Reading/English Language Arts annually in grades 3-8 and once in grade 10
- Writing portions will be embedded in the spring Language Arts tests and there will be no separate writing test in February for grades 5 and 8 as there was in the past.
- Mathematics annually in grades 3-8 and once in grade 10
- The 10th grade math assessment will be a grade level test, not a course specific test.
- Science once in 5, 8, and 10
- Any high school student who already has a valid Biology score will be exempt from the 10th grade science test.
- US History
- The test will be administered upon completion of the course this year.
- A College and Career Readiness Assessment (such as the ACT or SAT) once in grade 11
- The name of the test will be announced after the bidding process is completed.
All other tests and testing windows will be omitted from the Oklahoma Assessment requirements.
Because the 2016-17 school year is a transition year for testing requirements, this list will likely change in the subsequent years. The State Board of Education will make recommendations to the state legislature by December 2016 for future state-mandated assessments.
The office of Student Assessment is located in the Education Service Center, 211 East A Street in Jenks, Oklahoma. Regular office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. During the months of June and July, summer office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Please feel free to contact this office by calling (918) 299-4415 ext. 2261, sending information via FAX to (918) 298-0664, or e-mailing by clicking on any name on the page.
The Student Assessment Office oversees a variety of testing programs:
- Testing to assist with placement of students new to the district. Students enrolling in grades 1-12 will be tested at the appropriate site.
- School Year Testing Program
- Organizing the District Testing Calendar
- Classroom-based services such as Title 1 Reading and Math services
The State Mandated Testing Program exists to comply with state and federal laws and to determine strengths and areas of refinement at each site.
Listed below is each school site's testing coordinator(s):
|East Elementary||Kelley Bigpond||5542|
|Northwest Elementary||Angie Salamat||1704|
|Southeast Elementary||Abbie Andrus||5880|
|West Elementary||Julia Wood||6118|
|East Intermediate||Catrina Thomas||5537|
|West Intermediate||Shannon Davis||2904|
|Middle School||Nancy Vanderlip||5305|
|High School - ACT||Kimberly Catterson||2228|
|High School - Science & US History||Paula Dennis||2480|
|High School - Science & US History||Joy Fraley||2298|
|High School - Pre-ACT||Patti French||2255|
|High School - Pre-ACT & ACT||Mandy Nightingale||2479|
|Alternative Center||Cindy Schultz||2697|
- Debra Ensminger - Director - Ext. 2261
- Ann Schuh - District Student Placement & Assessment Coordinator - Ext. 2286
- LuAnna Galles - Elementary Academic Coordinator - Ext. 2257
- Debbie Osborn - Assessment Admin. Assistant/District Title I Homeless Parent Liaison - Ext. 2293
- Jo Patterson - Administrative Assistant, Office - Ext. 2261
Title I is a federally funded program used to provide supplementary educational services in reading and math to students who are at risk of failing to meet the state assessment standards. Jenks Public Schools has Title I programs at East Elementary, Northwest Elementary, and at East Intermediate. The Title I staff consists of highly qualified, certified teachers and reading specialists. Following is a list of staff members:
|Title I Teacher||Site||Grade & Subject|
|Susan Hildebrand||East Elementary||1st & 2nd Grade Math|
|Allie Lawson||East Elementary||3rd & 4th Grade Math|
|Deanna Cloud||East Elementary||3rd & 4th Grade Math|
|Adrienne Barnes||East Elementary||2nd Grade Reading|
|Faryl Kander||East Elementary||3rd & 4th Reading|
|Rae Ross||East Elementary||1st Grade Reading|
|Susan Edwards||East Elementary||3rd & 4th Grade Reading|
|Kelly Faul||Northwest Elementary||3rd & 4th Grade Math|
|Alecia McGuire||Northwest Elementary||Reading|
|Traci Nelson||Northwest Elementary||1st & 3rd Grade Reading|
|Carisa Smith||Northwest Elementary||2nd & 4th Grade Reading|
|Ellen Eldredge||East Intermediate||5th & 6th Grade Math|
|Heather Corle||East Intermediate||5th & 6th Grade Reading|
|Avi Gelfand||East Intermediate||5th & 6th Grade Reading|
Parents Right to Know
In accordance with Parents Right-to-Know requirement under Every Student Succeeds Act - ESSA, Section1112 (e)(1)(A) this is a notification from Jenks Public Schools to every parent/guardian of a student in a Title I school that you have the right to request and receive the following information in a timely manner.
- Information regarding the professional qualifications of your student’s classroom teachers.
- If the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade level and subject areas taught;
- If the teacher is teaching under emergency or temporary status in which the state qualifications and licensing criteria are waived;
- The teachers baccalaureate degree major, graduate certification, and field of discipline; and
- Whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications
[ESSA, Section 1112(e)(1)(A)(i)-(ii)]
- Notification if your student has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet the applicable state certification for licensure requirements at the grade level and subject area in which the teacher has been assigned.
[ESSA, Section 1112(e)(1)(B)(ii)]
- Information regarding any State or local educational agency policy regarding student participation in any assessments mandated by section 1111(b)(2) and by the State or local educational agency, which shall include a policy, procedure, or parental right to opt the child out of such assessment, where applicable.
[ESSA, Section 1112(e)(2)(A)]
- In addition, parents of an English learner may request to:
- have the child immediately removed from an English Learner (EL) program; [ESSA 1112(e)(3)(A)(viii)(i)]
decline the child’s enrollment in an EL program, or choose another program or method of instruction, if available; [ESSA, Section 1112(e)(3)(A)(viii)(ii)]
- receive assistance in selecting among various programs and methods of instruction, if more than 1 program or method is offered by the eligible entity. [ESSA 1112(e)(3)(A)(viii)(iii)]
- Patrons also have the right to review the district and site Title I Parent and Family Engagement Plan.
- As a recipient of Federal Grants, Jenks Public Schools make every effort to use the awarded federal funds properly by following State and federal laws concerning each grant. Anyone who observes, detects, or suspects improper use of federal funds may report that information to the Office of the Inspector General’s hotline at 1-800-MISUSED.
If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the school principal at your child’s school.