The Norman Transcript

Headlines

November 20, 2012

Board of Education examines testing, budget

NORMAN — Monday evening’s Board of Education meeting covered several notable topics, including award presentations, budget approval and, most predominant, an intensive hour-long presentation on the district’s PSAT, SAT and Advanced Placement exam data presented by College Board K-12 Education Manager Melany Ascher.

Data comparing scores over the past five years showed a steady increase in the number of Norman high school students choosing to take AP exams as well as a slow climb in performance, with 764 students taking AP exams during the 2011-2012 school year.

Out of 1,376 tests taken by Norman high school students (an average of approximately two tests per student) during this time, 833 earned a score of 3 out of 5 or higher, a score high enough to exempt students from base-level college courses in most state schools around the country.

Norman high school students also showed a slight but steady decline in PSAT performance, which Assistant Superintendent Shirley Simmons said the district is attempting to address by encouraging students to retake the test.

“We administer the PSAT to our freshman, and in the past, students who wanted to take the test again as sophomores or juniors had to pay the testing fee. This year, we’re using district funds to subsidize students wishing to retake the PSAT,” Simmons said.

Overall, Ascher’s presentation emphasized the importance of practice testing, rigorous coursework and professional development for teachers in helping students graduate “college ready.”

“According to the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, only 20 out of every 100 American high school freshmen will earn a bachelor’s degree within six years of graduating from high school. This is why every student needs rigorous curriculum,” Ascher said.

Board members Linda Sexton and Don Shandy briefly discussed the educational value of beginning college readiness testing as young as seventh grade, with Sexton raising concerns about whether test results reflect test preparedness or actual aptitude in students and all present concluding that earlier “practice” testing should become more common in late middle school.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Chamber Banquet During annual banquet, Chamber of Commerce promotes moving Norman forward

    Amidst the backdrop of music, dancing, dinner and fellowship, business leader Mike Fowler announced that the time for a quality-of-life initiative in Norman has come. As incoming Norman Chamber of Commerce board chairman, Fowler and ...

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Symposium speaker Paul Polik: Commerce can help and bring millions out of poverty

    How to harness the power of commerce to address social and environmental challenges in sustainable ways was the topic of discussion at the University of Oklahoma Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth’s fourth annual Social ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Amber waves turn gray as farms lose younger generation

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Jerry Pfeiffer was thrilled when his son, Kelsey, 25, announced plans to return to the family’s farm in Orlando....

    April 18, 2014

  • Postal retiree luncheon set

    A postal retiree luncheon will be 11:30 a.m. Monday at Golden Corral Buffet and Grill, 123 N. Interstate Drive in Norman. Diners will meet in the lobby. For more information, call Joyce Carle at 872-5157....

    April 18, 2014

  • Flapjack fundraiser set

    The Apple Gold Group, a franchisee of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, will partner with the Global Outreach Team at Go Church to host a Flapjack Fundraiser on April 26. Proceeds raised will be used by team members to purchase ...

    April 18, 2014

  • OU Hornsemble goes to the movies

    The OU Hornsemble will present a concert of music from the cinema at 6 p.m. April 27 in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall. Billed as “Movie-Time Music,” the ensemble will present a wide variety of cinematic music from the 1940s to the ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case

    DENVER — A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions....

    April 18, 2014

  • Fallin disappointed SBAdenied loans

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin said Thursday she is disappointed that a federal agency denied a request for loans to businesses in two Oklahoma towns affected by an emergency bridge closure....

    April 18, 2014

  • Sudan: 12 die after mob attacks UN base

    JUBA, South Sudan — An angry mob of South Sudanese youths attacked a U.N. base on Thursday to harm members of an ethnic minority sheltering inside. Peacekeepers were forced to open fire, amid rampaging violence that killed at least 12 ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Woman bound over for trial

    A Slaughterville woman facing a manslaughter charge after the death of an 8-year-old child was bound over for trial this week after a preliminary hearing in Cleveland County District Court. Kimberly Dawn Wenthold, 29, was charged in ...

    April 18, 2014