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Teaching to the Test

As I meet with teachers from across the state, I hear a common theme. I talk with working groups of teachers here at the state department. I've had the opportunity to visit with past and present teachers of the year. I also have roundtable discussions with teachers at the school districts I visit on my Raise the Grade Together tours. I listen to superintendents in my leadership advisory group. These educators tell me they are frustrated with “teaching to the test.”   Parents and community members often mirror these sentiments. I agree!

Milken Award Winner to be Recognized by State Board of Education, Legislature

Tammera Mittelstet, the 2012 winner of the $25,000 Milken Educator Award, will be recognized by the State Board of Eduction and the State Legislature in separate ceremonies on Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Mittelstet is a Gifted Resource Coordinator at Stillwater’s Highland Park Elementary and Will Rogers Elementary. She was awarded the prize in a surprise ceremony in November by State Superintendent Janet Barresi and Milken Family Foundation Board Member Dr. Thomas Boysen.

State Experiences Second Day of Testing Disruption

The Oklahoma State Department of Education experienced complications with online assessments for grades 6 through 12 throughout the school day on Monday and for the better part of Tuesday.

Testing Company CTB/McGraw Hill reported problems with their servers while uploading student assessment results. Students were reportedly knocked off the system mid-assessment.

Superintendent Barresi Thankful for $91 Million Extra in Budget

 

State Superintendent Janet Barresi received word on Thursday afternoon that preK-12 education would receive $91 million in new funds. The news came when details of the state's budget were released at the Capitol.

Oklahoma public schools received $74 million in new money for Fiscal Year 2014 and an additional $17 million in supplemental funds for Fiscal Year 2013. The supplemental funds are for the Flexible Benefits allowance for educators and ad valorem reimbursement.

**Media Alert** Governor, State Supt. Host Summer Reading Program KickoffClose

**Media Alert**
Gov. Fallin, State Supt. Barresi Kickoff SDE Summer Reading Program

 

WHO:  Governor Mary Fallin and State Superintendent Janet Barresi, students, teachers and school librarians from Putnam City's James L. Dennis Elementary School.

Online State Testing Update

The State Department of Education informed district testing coordinators and superintendents on Wednesday morning to begin online testing again after receiving word that the CTB/McGraw-Hill system was operational after two days of disruption due to out-of-state server problems.

Governor Fallin and State Superintendent Barresi Launch Read 5 for Summer Program

 

Governor Mary Fallin and State Superintendent Janet Barresi kicked off the State Department of Education’s 2013 Summer Reading Program – Read 5 for Summer on Friday morning.  Surrounded by students, parents and educators from Putnam City’s James L. Dennis Elementary School at one of the state’s newest libraries -- the Patience S. Latting Northwest Library in Oklahoma City – everyone left ready to find five good books this summer.

Summer Learning Opportunities

 

For many Oklahoma students and teachers, if summer break isn’t already here it is just days away. We’ve had a great school year here in Oklahoma, and I hope everyone enjoys their summer vacation. But, learning should not stop just because it is summer break.

State Board of Education Meeting Highlights May 23, 2013

State Board of Education Meeting Highlights
May 23, 2013


Tornado Damage Update
State Superintendent Janet Barresi updated State Board of Education members on tornado damage in the metro area – particularly in the Moore School District – during Thursday’s regularly scheduled board meeting.

Miracles In Our Midst

 

Last week was full of such promise – graduation celebrations planned for thousands of Oklahoma teens, the start of summer vacation for children and the fun that includes, the end to a busy school year for educators. All of that changed on May 19th and 20th.  Deadly tornadoes killed more than two-dozen people and destroyed many, many homes in Shawnee, Carney, Bethel Acres, Newcastle and South Oklahoma City. However none were more affected than the community of Moore and the Moore Public School District.

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