SDE: Accountability Update

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Dear Superintendents, District Test Coordinators, Principals, and District Technology Coordinators,

The Oklahoma State Department of Education is in the process of amending Oklahoma’s ESEA flexibility waiver. Some major changes to be implemented this year include the following:

  • The Definition of Full Academic Year (FAY) status has been changed to enrollment from Oct. 1 to the time of testing with no lapse of enrollment greater than 10 consecutive days of instruction
  • The AMO description has been updated to remove the growth components from the Math and Reading Performance Indicators
  • The accountability system for small schools (less than 10 tested students) is described
  • OMAAP exams are no longer being offered for first-time test takers and are thusly no longer included in accountability determinations
  • Students scoring 10% above pre-determined cut scores on alternate exams such as the ACT or SAT are eligible for exemption from the Algebra II, Geometry, English III, and U.S. History EOI exams
  • The minimum sample size for reporting student information (i.e., FERPA reports) is now 10 students 

The ESEA addendum detailing these changes can be viewed at This document and the associated appendices replaces the NCLB Accountability Workbook that was in place before Oklahoma’s request for ESEA Flexibility.


Thank you.


Michael Tamborski, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Accountability
Oklahoma State Department of Education
2500 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Suite 215
Oklahoma City, OK 73105