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Teachers tap their creativity during testing season


Weatherford West teachers - Rock the TestOKLAHOMA CITY (May 7, 2014) – Testing season can be a stressful time for students, but a number of innovative teachers throughout Oklahoma have tapped their creative energies to make the experience fun and interesting for their classes.

Supt. Barresi comments on House passage of HB 2625

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 12, 2014) — Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi made the following remarks today following House passage of House Bill 2625:

“Today’s vote endorses a system of social promotion that has failed to reduce illiteracy and has deprived students from receiving the best education possible. Nothing is more fundamental to learning than the ability to read. The Reading Sufficiency Act can greatly improve literacy in our state, but it cannot work if it is abandoned for social promotion.

Supt. Barresi directs OSDE to use remainder of activities funds for teachers’ health insurance

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 14, 2014) – As the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) has not yet received a supplemental appropriation for teachers’ health insurance premiums, known as the Flexible Benefit Allowance (FBA), state Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi has directed OSDE to use what remains in the schools’ activities funds to pay for the health insurance of Oklahoma’s fulltime district employees.

Supt. Barresi remarks on one-year anniversary of Moore tornado

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 19, 2014) — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi issued the following statement about May 20 marking the one-year anniversary of the deadly tornado that struck Moore and other communities in central Oklahoma:

Learning from Tragedy

I remember how terribly heartbreaking it was to read the newspapers or watch the newscasts in the wake of the Moore tornado on May 20 of last year. Each new detail seemed more painful than the one before. Then came the devastating news that seven children had lost their lives when the tornado roared through Plaza Towers Elementary School.

Applications for Class 1 of OKMath and OKSci Leadership Now Open

OKMath and OKSci Leadership was piloted by the Oklahoma State Department of Education in 2013-2014 to create and support a dynamic network of Oklahoma Math and Science educators. OKMath and OKSci Leadership selects, challenges, develops and educates Oklahoma math and science educators who have demonstrated an interest in leadership skills related to mathematics and science education.

Edmond North Senior Awarded Edward C. Joullian III Scholarship


Edward C. Joullian III Scholarship Recipient, Kassidy GaryOKLAHOMA CITY (May 27, 2014) – Kassidy Gary, a senior from Edmond North High School, recently received the Oklahoma State Fair’s Edward C. Joullian III Scholarship. Gary’s accomplishment was recognized at the State Board of Education’s May meeting.

Dear Graduate ...

By Janet Barresi, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Thursday, June 5, 2014

It’s the time of year when high school seniors have become high school graduates. After going through untold reams of paper and countless quizzes, these young men and women have finally donned cap and gown and set their sights on the next chapter of their journey.

We asked a lot of our Oklahoma students, and they delivered. Congratulations to the Class of 2014.

OKTOY blog: On being busy

“I didn’t ask you because I thought you were busy.” I always follow this heartbreaking comment with reassurance that the reason I am busy is for them, the students. Whether I am typing at my computer, reading a journal, organizing the classroom or rearranging some music, it is all for them. At the height of all of these duties, I most look forward to being “busy” with talking to and working with them.

Summer reading academies offer help for struggling readers

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 9, 2014) — For many Oklahoma kids who need help improving their literacy skills, summer break offers an opportunity to slow down and focus on reading. In schools throughout the state, summer reading academies and similar programs are growing in popularity.

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