Proficiency Based Promotion

As per House Bill 1017, Proficiency Based Promotion (PBP) provides the opportunity for students to move forward in their educational endeavors by subject, course, and/or grade level, based on their mastery of the Oklahoma Priority Academic Student Skills (P.A.S.S.).
In order to move forward and, in effect, skip instruction in a course or grade, students are required to pass a comprehensive test for the course, or, in the case of moving forward in a grade, students must pass tests in the four core areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
These comprehensive tests measure a student’s knowledge of the concepts and skills outlined by the P.A.S.S. objectives for a certain grade level or subject area. The tests vary in format, but, for the most part, are multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank.
The PBP tests are available in the “core curriculum areas” for kindergarten through grade eight; for grade nine through twelve, specific course titles are offered.

Q: What grade is considered “passing”?
A: Student must score a 90% or above to pass the PBP test in each specific course or subject area. If students are taking the PBP test to advance a grade level, a 90% score is required on all tests for that grade level.

Q: Who is eligible?
A: Students entering grades K-12 may take the PBP tests.

Q: When are the tests given?
A: The PBP tests are given twice each year, once prior to the beginning of school in August, and again in May. Specific dates are published in the Daily Ardmoreite, on CableOne Channel 17, and on this website.

Q: Is there a fee to take the Test?
A: No; the test is administered free of charge.

Q: What factors should I consider when deciding if PBP testing is appropriate for my child?
A: First of all, the PBP tests are very rigorous! They are designed to assess a student’s understanding of all the concepts taught in an entire course or during a whole school year. Secondly, a child’s emotional, social, and total developmental levels should be evaluated in addition to his or her academic abilities. There are many issues to consider when advancing a student beyond his or her peer group. Lastly, please schedule a meeting with your child’s teachers, counselor, and principal. Together, as a team, discuss the positive and negative
aspects of PBP and how it will affect your child’s academic career and social behavior.

Your child’s teacher and principal should be able to answer questions concerning your child’s progress at any time during the year. If you have additional questions related to student testing, feel free to contact

Shirley Morgan
Curriculum/Federal Programs Director, at
(580) 226-7650 x 251