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1 Oklahoma’s New Graduation Requirements Achieving Classroom Excellence (ACE) – SB 1792

2 What is ACE - SB 1792 (Achieving Classroom Excellence)?  The intent of this legislation…to ensure that Oklahoma students have mastered essential core academic content and skills in order to prepare them for college or the world of work.

3 Major Elements of ACE: 1. College Preparatory Curriculum 2. Beginning in school year, all seventh grade students shall demonstrate mastery in reading and mathematics. 3. End-of-Instruction Exams to obtain a high school diploma.

4 1. College Preparatory Curriculum…  Students entering ninth grade in the school year are required to complete a college preparatory curriculum, unless the student’s parent or legal guardian approves the student to “opt out” from the college preparatory curriculum.

5 Current Standard DiplomaCollege Preparatory Curriculum Lang. Arts 4 UnitsLang. Arts4 Units Social Studies 4 UnitsSocial Studies 4 Units Mathematics 3 UnitsMathematics3 Units Sciences 3 UnitsSciences3 Units Arts Competencies 2 CompArts Competencies2 Comp Electives 8 UnitsElectives8 Units Foreign Language2 Units (2 units of the same Foreign Language or non-English language or 2 units of Computer Technology approved for college admission) Total…………… Units Total……………………..26 Units and/ or sets of competencies

6 2. All Students Must Obtain Mastery in Reading and Mathematics…  Beginning in the school year, all seventh grade students shall attain at least a satisfactory score on the seventh-grade criterion-referenced tests in reading and math.  Each student who does not score at the satisfactory level shall be provided remediation (i.e. extended time during the school day, tutoring, or other supplementary services).

7 3. End-of-Instruction Exams to Obtain a High School Diploma…  Starting with this year’s current seventh grade class, students will have to pass four out of seven end-of- instruction (EOI’s) exams in order to obtain a diploma. Special Education Students - Eligibility for testing modification determined by a student's Individual Education Program (IEP).  (3) Retests per course will be allowed during a calendar year  Students who cannot pass these EOI exams will be given an opportunity to pass alternative tests – still to be determined by the state.

8 Achieving Classroom Excellence (ACE) Act of 2006  End-of-instruction exams include the following: (Four must be passed for diploma) Algebra I (Required) English II (Required) Algebra II (Optional) Students must pass Geometry (Optional) two of the optional English III (Optional) exams for a total of Biology (Optional) four U. S. History (Optional)

9 Oklahoma has entered the high-stakes testing arena… We are not alone; however, more states appear to be requiring high-stakes tests in order to secure a high school diploma.

10 27 states now or will soon have graduation exams Source: American Diploma Project Network, Presented to Oklahoma’s ACE Task Force, 2005

11 Of these, seven have high stakes end-of-course tests Source: American Diploma Project Network, Presented to Oklahoma’s ACE Task Force, 2005

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14 Union’s Remediation Data State CRT Results of All Students MathReading Grade# Tested # Not Passing % Not Passing Grade# Tested # Not Passing % Not Passing 5 th %5 th % 6 th %6 th % 7 th %7 th % 8 th %8 th %

15 Union’s Proposed Intervention Strategies: Remediation Classes Reading Labs for 6 th, 7 th, and 8 th grade (150 students served each grade) Math Labs for 6 th, 7 th, and 8 th grade (75 students served each grade) Algebra fundamentals with the SMS Lab for 9 th grade. Athletic Study Tables Middle School Alternative School High School Credit Recovery English, Math, Science Block (“Focus”)

16 What is a “Focus” Block? Classes taught by the district’s most effective teachers. Class size of a maximum of 25 students and a team of 75 students (2 teams per block) A simple four class schedule each day. A focus on Math and Literacy. Increase Math and English time by 54.5% Science and Social Studies instruction will include a literacy focus. Built in advisory / skills class with a focus on successful strategies of successful students A “Focus” block will be created at 7 th, 8 th, and 9 th grade in year one ( )

17 Sample “Focus” Block Schedule 1 st Block7:45 – 9:15 (ex: Science*) 2 nd Block9:20 – 10:45 (ex: English) 3 rd Block*10:50 – 12:45 (ex: Math) >includes a 30 minute lunch Skills12:50 – 1:20 Elective1:25 – 2:15 *Science and Social Studies will meet for one semester each.

18 “Focus” - Skills for Success Component #1 Goal – build relationships that are positive and caring. Strategies of successful students Advisory/Counseling Support Services Skills for adolescents Work-ethic instruction Homework support Make-up work time Asset building in students

19 “Focus” Selection Criteria Format: Group A students who failed English and Math in the previous grade or students who attended school less than 80% of the time. Group B Students who scored 50% or less on the district Math CRT / or two+ Instructional Levels below on Star Reading test and failed Math / or English Group C 50% or less on district Math CRT Two+ Instructional Levels below on Star Reading test D or F in Math or English

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