ELA Assessment


Cheyenne Short
English Language Arts Assessment Specialist

Update and Resources

The 2023 OSTP for English Language Arts will be aligned to the 2016 Oklahoma Academic Standards, but it will have field test items aligned to the 2021 standards. Therefore, the 2022-2023 school year is an opportunity for schools to implement the 2021 standards, which are clearer and more detailed than the 2016 standards. Teachers who use the 2021 standards to guide their curriculum and instruction will cover most of the skills from the 2016 standards.


Since revisions did take place and some objectives were deleted or moved, there are some skills from the 2016 standards that teachers can use to supplement the 2021 standards. Those skills are linked in this document and are also linked to their 2016 objective analysis pages from the ELA Curriculum Framework.


The 2021 standards will begin to be assessed in Spring 2024.



Describes the content and structure of an assessment and defines the ideal number of items by reporting category.

Test and Items Specifications

These documents define the content and format of the assessment and the assessment items for item writers/reviewers and indicate the alignment of items with the Oklahoma Academic Standards for English Language Arts.

Grade 3 | Grade 4 | Grade 5 | Grade 6 | Grade 7 | Grade 8

DOK Definitions

Performance Level Descriptors

A statement of knowledge and skills a test taker must have to be classified at a particular performance level, such as advanced, proficient, basic, or below basic.

Extended Constructed Response/Writing Resources for Grades 5 & 8

Each piece of student writing is given a holistic score ranging from 0 (lowest) to 4 (highest) on the writing section of the grades 5 & 8 Oklahoma School Testing Program for English Language Arts. This score, in part, is derived by assessing student performance on the five analytic traits.

The following holistic writing rubrics provide insight into how student responses are scored, and the holistic writing/constructed response exemplars provide explanations for the scores of selected student responses.

Holistic Writing Rubrics

Holistic Writing/Constructed Response Exemplars

More information can be found on the Assessment Materials page.

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Last updated on January 11, 2023