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Oklahoma State Department of Education offers Reading Hotlines


OKLAHOMA CITY (May 6, 2014) – The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) will soon establish telephone hotlines for educators and parents who have questions about the third-grade promotion portion of the Reading Sufficiency Act (RSA).

OSDE literacy staff and REAC3H Coaches will answer questions and concerns, provide support for electronic submission of reports and help with communication for parents and citizens.

The RSA Hotlines will be active from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Monday, May 12, through Friday, May 23.

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.

Nearly 80 percent of state third-graders to be promoted to fourth-grade

16 percent score Unsatisfactory on Oklahoma reading test

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 9, 2014) – About 80 percent of Oklahoma third-graders are eligible to be promoted to fourth-grade based on the state’s reading test scores, according to figures released today to Oklahoma school districts and elementary schools. Sixteen percent of third-graders scored Unsatisfactory but will have two additional opportunities to demonstrate basic reading skills through a student portfolio or an alternative reading assessment provided for under the state’s Reading Sufficiency Act (RSA).

OSDE Launches New School District Transparency Website

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 13, 2014) – The Oklahoma State Department of Education has launched a new transparency website for the public that houses all school district financial information reported through the Oklahoma Cost Accounting System (OCAS).

21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Process Open

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 12, 2014) – The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) has opened the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) competitive grant process for the 2014-2015 school year. Grants will be awarded pending the availability of federal funds.

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.

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.

Commissioners of the Land Office collect More than $93.6 million for Oklahoma schools

Oklahoma public schools received more than $93.6 million from the Commissioners of the Land Office over the past 12 months, an increase of more than $600,000 from the previous fiscal year.

Each month, the Commissioners of the Land Office, which oversees the Trust, distribute funds to public K-12 schools. The Trust distributed $93,626,718 in fiscal year 2014. That figure is up from a flat $93 million in FY 2013.

Find free summer meal sites for children with online map

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 12, 2014) — The USDA Summer Food Service Program provides nutritious meals to low-income children for free by opening up cafeterias between school years.

All children under the age of 18 who show up at participating sites will be given meals. Many sites, but not all, are schools; some are operated by nonprofits.

The program is administered by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Oklahoma teachers, parents to converge at Vision 2020 beginning July 15

Educators, parents and everyone with an interest in Oklahoma schools are invited to the Vision2020 conference Tuesday, July 15, through Thursday, July 17, at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

“I’m really looking forward to Vision 2020 this year. It’s such a great opportunity for all kinds of educators from every part of our state to come together, share their knowledge and leave inspired,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi.

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