Game Changer for Oklahoma Schools

Oklahoma is one of the first states in the nation to gain flexibility from federal restrictions under No Child Left Behind (NCLB). This is great news, as it means schools will be able to more easily account for growth and progress within subgroups, rather than be penalized under the “one-size-fits-all” criteria of NCLB.

Public Hearing Set for Education Rules

The State Department of Education will hold a public hearing from 1 to 4 p.m. February 16, 2012, to hear public comment on draft rules and Rule Impact Statements.

Innovator a Product of Oklahoma Schools

Westmoore High School graduate Ryan Dowling wins this year's Innovation Challenge with teammates from Virginia Commonwealth University.

A-F Grading

The importance of an A-F School Grading System is in that it will provide greater transparency for our schools and will draw more parental and community involvement. It is evident that schools that have higher levels of parent and community involvement have better-performing educators and better-prepared students.

Legislative Update Newsletter Available

The Oklahoma State Department of Education's Legislative Update newsletter is now available.

A-F School Grading System Rules Open for Public Comment

Draft rules and a rule intent statement for the A-F School Grading System and several other administrative rules have been posted on the State Department of Education’s website, under Implementation of a System of School Improvement and Accountability. The rules are open for a public comment period through March 19.

Oklahoma State Board of Education Meeting Highlights

The Oklahoma State Board of Education in its regular monthly meeting Feb. 23 heard details of the review process and a timeline for District Capacity Determinations for Priority Schools.

Black History Month

As we celebrate Black History Month in February, and all of the triumphs of our many black heroes, we must commit to remain vigilant to build on their hard-won successes.

AP Report Shows Need for Wider Course Selection, Better Preparation

Oklahoma’s ranking of 37 out of 50 states and the District of Columbia on an AP report released recently by The College Board brought a call from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi to widen the selection of AP courses available in Oklahoma schools and to work to continue to improve test scores.

Supt. Barresi Praises Supplemental Funding for Flex Benefits & National Board Certified Bonuses

State Superintendent Janet Barresi praised an announcement by legislative leaders Tuesday that a supplemental appropriations agreement has been reached that includes funding for flexible benefit allowances that help with insurance expenses for teachers and school personnel across the state, as well as dollars to fund bonuses for National Board Certified teachers. Oklahoma's common education budget was cut by nearly $100 million in fiscal year 2012.


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