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Congrats to Guymon schools on OAS Growth

Congratulations to Guymon Public Schools for Oklahoma Academic Standards (OAS) Growth in 2020-21!

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 Data from spring benchmark assessments of the Oklahoma Academic Standards (OAS) in reading and math found students in schools using OAS-aligned curriculum and assessments performing better than expected this year despite the pandemic.

At Guymon Public Schools, spring scores at Academy Elementary (Grades 3-4) and North Park Elementary (Grades 5-6) are at or above the statewide average this spring and students posted significant academic growth.

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“Based on midyear and spring data for the schools we serve, student learning loss caused by the pandemic thankfully has not been as great as many predicted,” Alpha Plus CEO Jan Barrick explained. “We congratulate educators, students and parents on this achievement and send our gratitude for their hard work in and out of school this year.”

Analysis of benchmark scores included 52 schools statewide in which at least 75 percent of students in Grades 3-8 completed OAS-aligned, interim reading and math assessments by April 9. The spring average from 9,587 students statewide was 14 percentage points higher than the fall baseline average.

Also notable is that statewide benchmark scores are consistent with prior years. This is likely because of vertical alignment inherent in the state standards and because many of these schools have been using OAS-aligned curriculum for a number of years. Unknown factors include the number of days each school has had in-person learning, virtual instruction and/or hybrid distance-learning schedules over the last year.

Teachers trained to address summer learning loss and close academic gaps every year prioritize essential skills required in state standards. They use data by OAS objective to differentiate instruction and coordinate intervention before state tests each April.

Alpha Plus assessments have been aligned to OAS and administered online for five years helping teachers identify gaps between what a student knows and what the state expects them learn in any school year. Alpha Plus Success with OAS curriculum for mathematics (K-8) and English Language Arts (Grades 3-8) has been written and published over the last five years.

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In 2020-21, more than 13,300 students are using Alpha Plus Online interim assessments statewide. Founded in 1990 by an Oklahoma teacher, Alpha Plus curriculum and teaching tools are aligned solely to Oklahoma Academic Standards. The Oklahoma City firm’s Success with OAS mathematics and reading series is written by Oklahoma teachers for Oklahoma students. For more about Alpha Plus, please visit www.alphaplus.org.

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We Use Data to Help Schools Make the Grade!

Teachers and administrators can quickly and easily identify students who need more help learning the Oklahoma Academic Standards.

Alpha Plus pinpoints the SPECIFIC OAS objectives or "gaps" students have from previous years, then helps school teams address each objective throughout the year.

That is why Alpha Plus schools have OUTPERFORMED the state average every year of the A-F Report Cards.