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Giving Back to Teachers Who Give So Much

It’s back-to-school time, and I’m going shopping.

I love this time of year when store shelves are stocked with crayon boxes, notebook paper and folders in every color. I’m always tempted to pick up extra supplies, knowing teachers often have to buy their own for students who come to school without any. But this year, I’m buying for a special group of teachers whose classrooms were destroyed by tornadoes, floods and other storms that hit Oklahoma in late May. I hope the public will join me.

State Education Department Appoints New Executive Director of Teacher and Leader Effectivenes

 

Former Sapulpa High School Principal Dr. Jenyfer Glisson to Lead Program 

The Oklahoma State Department of Education announced today the appointment of Dr. Jenyfer Glisson of Sapulpa to direct the newly implemented Teacher and Leader Effectiveness evaluation program passed by the legislature in 2010. 

Student Test Score Study Presented to State Board of Education

The Oklahoma State Department of Education announced today that the independent study to determine if student tests scores had been compromised by the two days of disruption this past spring is complete.

The HumRRO Statistical Investigation of Oklahoma Disruptions indicated that students appeared to do as well on the test as students not involved in the disruption. Based on the result of this study, State Superintendent Janet Barresi determined the state will retain all scores of impacted students who scored proficient or advanced.

ACT Scores Show Increase in Oklahoma Reading Benchmarks

ACT results released today show that more Oklahoma graduating seniors are ready for college and career than in previous years.

According to ACT's 2013 Condition of College and Career Readiness report, the percentage of the state's 2013 graduates who met all four benchmarks in English, reading, science and math rose to 23 percent from 20 percent the previous two years and from 17 percent in 2008. The report is based on the results of the 2013 ACT college entrance exam.

Geronimo Teacher Receives Bob Costas Grant for Teaching of Writing

 

Alyson Glass, the winner of the 2013 Bob Costas Grant for the Teaching of Writing was recognized by State Superintendent Janet Barresi and the State Board of Education during the board's meeting on Tuesday.

Oklahoma Education Workforce Shortage Task Force Meets

Several dozen education leaders convened today for the first meeting of State Superintendent Janet Barresi’s Oklahoma Education Workforce Shortage Task Force.

Classroom teachers, school administrators, legislators and civic leaders from rural, suburban and urban areas from all across the state met to discuss workforce shortage concerns and determine first action steps in addressing the problem of recruiting and retaining the best teachers in the present economy.

Pleased but Not Satisfied

Looking at the ACT results that were released last week was a mixed blessing.

On one hand, I celebrate progress. ACT's 2013 Condition of College and Career Readiness report shows that more Oklahoma graduating seniors are ready for college and career than in previous years. The percentage of the state's 2013 graduates who met all four benchmarks in English, reading, science and math rose to 23 percent from 17 percent in 2008.

State Board of Education Meeting Highlights Sept. 11, 2013

Norman, Bartlesville High Schools Recognized for Debate Award 
Students and staff from Norman and Bartlesville high schools were commended by the State Board of Education in its monthly meeting on Sept. 11, for being named Top 40 Debate High Schools in America by the National Forensic League.

Celebrating the State's Best Teachers

 

One of my favorite jobs is getting to call 12 teachers each year, listening to them almost hyperventilate and then celebrating with them that they’ve been named a finalist for the state Teacher of the Year.

The next best moment is naming one of the finalists to the state’s top honor for teachers. This year, that honor went to Peter L. Markes, an 8th- through 12th-grade string orchestra and Advanced Placement music theory teacher from Edmond North High School.

STATE SUPERINTENDENT BARRESI CELEBRATES SIX 2013 BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS IN OKLAHOMA

Today six Oklahoma schools were bestowed the coveted recognition of being named 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. Nationally, 286 schools were recognized with the Oklahoma schools being, Bartlesville Mid-High School, Bartlesville Public Schools; Central High Elementary School, Central High Public Schools; Chisholm High School, Chisholm Public Schools; Harding Charter Preparatory High School in Oklahoma City; Tulsa Eisenhower International Elementary School, Tulsa Public Schools, and Wayland Bonds Elementary School, Moore Public Schools. 

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