Oct 12, 2017, Joplin, MO, News Talk KZRG: Oklahoma Reporting Low Standardized Test Scores https://www.newstalkkzrg.com/2017/10/12/oklahoma-reporting-low-standardized-test-scores/ Oklahoma education leaders say new testing standards have led to a decline in students’ scores. According to statewide scores released this week, most students lacked the basic subject-level knowledge Oklahoma now requires. An average of 63 percent of the state’s students scored below proficient last school year in the 18 state-required tests in third through eighth grade, and 10th grade. Educations leaders say the drop isn’t due to a decline in teaching or student knowledge. They believe the drop is due the stricter standards. The state’s new proficiency rates come as Oklahoma decreased its end-of-the-year testing requirements. High school students will be required to take either the ACT or SAT this year, instead of the seven exams that were previously required.