Supt. Hofmeister applauds US Department of Education approval of waiver to eliminate double-testing

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 10, 2015) — At the request of the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Education today approved that middle school students testing in Algebra I, Algebra II or Geometry are no longer required to also take the grade-level math assessment for middle school.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said this decision, which applies to the 2014-15 school year, eliminates double-testing for some students in the subject of mathematics.

'Capacity review’ of State Department of Education aims to improve meeting needs of Oklahoma students

a focus group of SDE's capacity review

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 10, 2015) — As part of a comprehensive effort by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister to strengthen the work and mission of the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE), education management experts are in Oklahoma City today and tomorrow for a “capacity review” of the agency.

Supt. Hofmeister eliminates field tests for this year's state writing exams

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 7, 2015) — Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister announced today that the Oklahoma State Department of Education is eliminating field testing on this year’s state writing assessments. The decision will free up valuable time for more classroom instruction.

Since taking office, Supt. Hofmeister has been studying options to relieve excessive testing. Before taking action, she received assurances from testing vendor Measured Progress that eliminating the field tests will have no negative consequences.

Supt. Hofmeister names Dr. Cindy Koss to State Department of Education leadership team

Cindy KossOKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 6, 2015) — Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister today named a longtime educator to her leadership team, as Cindy Koss, Ed. D., becomes deputy superintendent of academic performance and planning at the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE)

FY 2016 SDE State Budget Request

The Oklahoma State Board of Education approved a new FY 2016 budget request for the Oklahoma State Department of Education during its Jan. 29 meeting. This request includes the first step of state Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister’s #OKhigh5 plan, which would bring Oklahoma’s number of instructional school days to the national average and state teacher pay to the regional average.

View the FY 2016 budget request here.






OKTOY Blog: Focus on trust

“The ability to establish, grow, extend and restore trust with all stakeholders - customers, suppliers, investors and employees - is the critical leadership competency in the new global economy." -Stephen M. R. Covey

With countless hours spent behind the wheel traveling our state I have time to reflect and time to learn. When traveling solo I enjoy listening to books on CD. Just last week I completed The Speed of Trust by Stephen M. R. Covey.

In his Speed of Trust work Covey states:

SDE issues revised mid-year adjustment for school districts

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 3, 2015) — The State Department of Education yesterday issued a revised mid-year adjustment reflecting a 1992 law that affects how ad valorem is calculated in state aid to school districts.

Districts were notified last month that the mid-year adjustment released Jan. 15 had not yet factored in the ad valorem change. The delay was unavoidable as SDE staffers worked with the Oklahoma Tax Commission to collect the data necessary.

State Board of Education strengthens standards-making process

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 30, 2015) — In the first State Board of Education (SBOE) meeting helmed by new State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister, board members on Thursday passed several measures to strengthen the process by which Oklahoma will develop new K-12 academic standards for English language arts and mathematics. In addition to adopting a tough policy to ensure openness and transparency, the SBOE approved an executive director for the standards’ development process.

OKTOY Blog: Keep moving forward

In the summer of 2011, a senior athlete on my cross-country and track teams, Ben, really wanted to experience the mountains of Colorado and asked if I would take him.

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Jason Proctor on the summit of the tallest mountain in Colorado with his student in 2011.


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