State and District Assessments
All students will be required to participate in state testing according to their grade level. State testing is completed in person and it is the family’s responsibility to provide transportation to the testing location.
All scores from high school state exams are reported on a student’s transcript as the permanent record for use by potential employers, colleges, and universities. All 11th grade students will take the ACT administered by the school during the state testing window in April. Any additional tests such as the SAT or further attempts on the ACT are the responsibility of the student. Counselors can provide more information on the additional opportunities.
The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) sets the testing windows for all schools across the state. ISOK will publish these windows as the SDE releases them. Parents and students will be notified of their exact testing schedule and location in advance. Participation in state testing is required. Students who do not participate in state testing will be removed from ISOK pursuant to the Student Conduct and Discipline Policy and may not be eligible for re-enrollment.
ISOK will test in at least 6 locations around the state as required by state law. This may be more than 60 miles away for many families, and it is not optional. The law requires ISOK to test in Oklahoma City and Tulsa and then in each of the four quadrants of the state. The specific dates, times, and locations of the test will be provided in advance. Participation in all state testing is a requirement for re-enrollment, graduation, and receiving a high school diploma. There is not an opt-out option.
The Diagnostic assessment is a skills-based benchmark assessment that students will take upon enrollment approval. The Parent/Legal Guardian, school academic team, and teacher will receive the results. Based upon the students’ strengths and weaknesses, teachers will develop an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) for enrichment and/or remediation. The Diagnostic assessment is not a placement test and does not change grade level or course placement. At the end of the year, the student will take another assessment to show his or her academic progress. Links, logins, and other Diagnostic information will be communicated to students at the appropriate testing window.
Full participation in these assessments was agreed to during enrollment. Students are required to fully participate in all benchmark assessments to be eligible for reenrollment.
College Entrance Exams
The ACT and SAT are college entrance tests designed to assess a student’s academic readiness for college. These entrance exams are the most important tests that a student can take for college admission and scholarship awards if he/she plans on attending a college and/or university. Students will take the exam during their 11th grade as part of the required state testing; however, students planning to attend college are encouraged to take the exam multiple times to increase their scores. Increasing scores could help provide more opportunities for the students as they enroll in colleges and apply for scholarships.
The ACT measures skill levels in English, writing, reading, math, and science reasoning. The SAT, typically used for east and west coast school admission, tests reading, writing, and math skills, as well. If the cost of the test is a concern, you may be eligible for an ACT Fee Waiver. Information about the eligibility requirements and how to request a fee waiver is available from the high school counselor.
The following websites give information on test dates, location, and costs, and serve as an excellent test prep tool as they provide you with sample test questions.