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ESSA Requirements

Each state must develop its statewide accountability system based on the academic achievement standards for reading and/or language arts and mathematics with the goal of improving student academic achievement and school success. Each state must establish long-term goals and interim progress goals for all students with separate goals for economically disadvantaged students, students from major racial and ethnic groups, children with disabilities, and English learners (ELs).
What's New in Accountability
As per the Oklahoma State Department of Education: "We are currently in transition to the new A-F Accountability System. Unlike previous systems, the new Accountability system is designed to reflect multiple facets of school and student performance to recognize successes and identify opportunities for growth. Due to new assessments in 2017, details of the new system are still in development as data are analyzed."
For information from the State Department of Education on the changes in school, accountability visit  http://sde.ok.gov/sde/accountability-assessments.
Timeline for changes to the Oklahoma Accountability System: http://sde.ok.gov/sde/sites/ok.gov.sde/files/documents/files/Accountabilty%20Timeline.pdf
Oklahoma's Accountability System
The guiding principle of Oklahoma’s new accountability system is that all students can grow and all schools can improve. Oklahoma’s accountability system (A-F Report Card) is based on a multi-measure approach, giving multiple grades for each indicator as well as a cumulative overview grade.
 To clarify the purpose of the system, the OSDE considered the recommendations by Linn (2001): 
• What results will be given to parents? 
• What will be done with school-level results? 
• How much emphasis should be placed on status versus improvement? 
As is recommended by the Education Commission of the States’ recently published report (Mikulecky & Christie, 2014), the Oklahoma report card will be easy to find, easy to understand and include indicators essential for measuring school and district performance. 
A-F Report Card
When developing the new A-F report card system, the indicators, calculation, and design elements were grounded in the OSDE’s Strategic Plan. Specifically, the following strategies are achieved through the A-F Report Card. 
› Strategy 1.4: Enable educators to meaningfully use data from a high-quality assessment and accountability system to increase student learning and close the achievement gap. 
› Strategy 2.3: Provide district and school leaders with the training and support needed to improve instruction in their schools. 
› Strategy 4.2: Leverage technology systems and governance collaboration to improve access to data while protecting student information, allowing the OSDE and districts to make data-informed decisions.
Oklahoma’s A-F Report Card Indicators 
Elementary & Middle School:
  • ELA Status
  • Math Status
  • Science Status
  • ELA Growth
  • Math Growth
  • ELPA Progress (English Language Proficiency Achievement)
  • Chronic Absenteeism
High School:
  • ELA Status
  • Math Status
  • Science Status
  • Graduation Rate
  • Postsecondary Opportunities
  • ELPA Progress
  • Chronic Absenteeism