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Proficiency-Based Promotion

Proficiency-Based Promotion

Mustang Public Schools provides proficiency testing for students twice per year.  These tests are typically given in June and August.  For the 2018-19 school year, tests will be given the week of July 30, 2018 and the week of June 3, 2019.  Examinations are given by appointment only and a testing application must be submitted.  For more information, please contact your child's school counselor or principal.
Eighth (8th) Grade Reading Proficiency

Eighth Grade Reading Proficiency Test

Oklahoma law requires that students demonstrate reading proficiency at the 8th grade level prior to applying for a driving permit. Students who have not demonstrated proficiency on the 8th Grade OSTP ELA exam will have the opportunity to take an alternative exam following their eighth grade year. The tests are typically given after school and a testing application form must be submitted. Please contact your child's school counselor for more information.
 
Testing dates for the 2018-19 school year are as follows:
 July 30 - August 15, 2018 (by appointment only) 
On the following dates, the exam will be given at MHS in Room B130 @ 3:50 PM.
September 5, 2018
November 7, 2018
January 9, 2019
March 6, 2019
May 8, 2019
Please request a testing application from the counseling office at MHS.
 
 
Cognitive Abilities Test(CogAT)
The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is a test used by Mustang Public Schools to qualify children for the gifted and talented program. The test measures reasoning and problem solving skills in the areas of 1) verbal, 2) quantitative (mathematics), 3) spatial or non-verbal (using shapes and figures to solve problems).  The test is given in late winter each year to all second grade students.  It is also given to fourth grade students who have not been previously identified.  For the 2018-19 school year, the test will be administered the week of November 5 - 9.   

Here’s a look at each section of the test and some sample item types:

Verbal Reasoning

The verbal section of CogAT® will measure Oral Vocabulary, Verbal Reasoning, Sentence Completion (grade 3 and up), and Verbal Analogies (grade 3 and up).

  • Verbal Classification: The student is given a list of three words that are alike in some way. The student is asked to choose a word (from a selection of five words) that is alike in the same way.Example: The words displayed are GREEN BLUE RED and the answer choices are color, crayon, paint, yellow, rainbow
  • Sentence Completion: The student is given a sentence with a word left out and is asked to choose a word that makes the best sense in the sentence.Example: Apples _______ on trees. The answer choices are fall, grow, show, bloom, spread
  • Verbal Analogies: The student is given three words. The first two words go together. The third word goes with one of the answer choices. The student is asked to choose the word that goes with the third word the same way that the second word goes with the first.Example: new (is to) old : wet (is to) ________ and the choices are rain, drip, hot, sun, dry

Non-Verbal Reasoning

In this section, Figure Classification, Matrices (K-2), Figural Analysis, and Figural Classification are assessed. This part of the test often presents the most novel problems to students. The items on these tests use only geometric shapes and figures that have had little direct relationship to formal school instruction. The tests require no reading and no prior knowledge.

  • Figure Classification: The students are given three figures that are alike in some way. They are given three answer choices and five pictures to choose from. They are asked to decide which figure goes best with the three answer choices.Example: the student is given three items that are oddly shaped but each one has 4 sides and is black. The choices are a black circle, a black triangle, a 4-sided white object, a black 4-sided object, and a six-sided white object.
  • Figure Analogies: The student is given three figures. The first two figures go together; the third figure goes with one of the answer choices.Example: The first two figures are a large square that goes together with a small square. The second pair is to go together the same way that the first two figures go together. For the second pair students are given a large circle. The answer choices are a small triangle, a large circle, a small square, a small circle, and a large rectangle
  • Figure Analysis:The student is shown how a square piece of dark paper is folded and where holes are punched in it. The student is to figure out how the paper will look when it is unfolded.Example: If a dark piece of paper is folded in the center from top to bottom and a hole is punched in the bottom right-hand corner, what will the piece of paper look like when it is unfolded?The answer choices are:

    A) one hole in the bottom right-hand corner
    B) one hole in the bottom right-hand corner and one in the top right-hand corner
    C) one hole in the top right-hand corner
    D) one hole in the bottom right-hand corner and one in the bottom left-hand corner
    E) one hole in the bottom right- hand corner and one in the top left-hand corner.

Quantitative Reasoning

This section isn’t just about math facts, it’s more about thinking numerically and problem-solving with numbers. Relational Concepts, Quantitative Concepts, Quantitative Relations (grade 3 and up), Number Series (grade 3 and up), and Equation Building (grade 3 and up) areas are assessed.

  • Quantitative Relations: The student is given two problems numbered one and two with three answer choices. The student is to solve the two problems and determine if the answer is greater, less than, or equal to.Example: 1. 0 + 3 2. 3 + 0The answer choices are:
    • 1 is greater than 2
    • 1 is less than 2
    • 1 is equal to 2
  • Number Series: The student is given a series of numbers and asked to decide which number should come next in the series.Example: 5 10 15 20 The answer choices are 25, 30, 35, 40, 45
  • Equation Building: The student is given numbers and signs. The student is asked to combine the numbers and signs to get a solution that is an answer choice.Example: 1 2 3 -xThe answer choices are 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
 
Oklahoma School Testing Program

Oklahoma School Testing Program

Oklahoma School Testing Program (OSTP) 

There are two types of assessments within the Oklahoma School Testing Program (OSTP) for students in grades 3-8 and at the secondary level. All assessments are aligned to the state-mandated core curriculum, the Oklahoma Academic Standards, which has been adopted by the State Board of Education. The two assessments types are:

  • General Assessments: These standards-based assessments are intended for Grades 3-8 and 11 in Mathematics, English Language Arts, and Science.  A U.S. History assessment will be administered once in high school.  Grades 3, 4 and 6 take assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics.  Grades 5 and 8 take assessments in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science.  Grade 11 will be assessed using the ACT to measure college and career readiness and will also be assessed in Science.  
  • Alternate Assessments: These assessments are also referred to as the Oklahoma Alternate Assessment Program (OAAP).
    These assessments measure achievement of alternate academic standards of the state curriculum for children with the most significant cognitive disabilities.
NAEP

NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

What is NAEP?

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is designed to measure what students across the nation know and can do in 10 subject areas, including mathematics, reading, writing, and science. The results of these tests are reported in the Nation's Report Card.

Schools and grade levels are randomly selected within the district and test administration is handled by NAEP personnel.    

For more information, please visit http://sde.ok.gov/sde/national-assessment-educational-progress
 
 Marva Oard, testing coordinator
oardm@mustangps.org 
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