May 24, 2012
Oklahoma State Board of Education Meeting Highlights
Board Adopts Emergency Rules for ACE Appeals Process
The State Board of Education in its regular monthly meeting Thursday adopted emergency rules to govern appeals from students denied diplomas for failing to meet Achieving Classroom Excellence (ACE) requirements. The rules were adopted to comply with House Bill 2970, signed into law by Governor Fallin in April. The law specifies that all students denied a diploma for failing to meet ACE requirements will have 30 days to file an appeal with the State Board of Education. The law gives the Board 45 days to take action on the appeal. The rules adopted Thursday contain the amendment that grants authority to a committee of State Department of Education staff members to approve appeals for those students who have provided evidence of certain extenuating circumstances designated by the Board, including acceptance into a selective college or university as defined by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. ACE requires that graduates, beginning this year, demonstrate mastery in Algebra I, English II and two of the following five: Algebra II, Biology I, English II, Geometry, and United States History. Students can demonstrate mastery by scoring satisfactory/proficient or above on end-of-instruction tests or through a variety of alternate tests and projects.
Board Approves ACE Appeals Form
The Board also approved a new ACE appeal form. The form can be found at http://ok.gov/sde/sites/ok.gov.sde/files/ACEAppealForm.pdf.
Board to Hold Special Meeting to Hear Appeals
The Board voted to hold a special meeting June 5 to consider appeals of seniors denied diplomas for not meeting ACE requirements. The board will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Oliver Hodge Building, 2500 N Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, Suite 1-20.
Board Recognizes Award-Winning Scholars and Schools
Matthew Benjamin, an eighth-grade student at Regent Preparatory School in Tulsa, was recognized at Thursdays board meeting. Benjamin was named one of America’s top ten youth volunteers for 2012 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Also recognized was Anna H. Zhao, a student at Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics in Oklahoma City. She is a 2012 Presidential Scholar. Harding Charter Preparatory High School was also recognized for being listed as No. 1 in the state on U.S. News and World Reports list of best high schools in the nation, and for being No. 9 on Newsweek’s list of the Top 25 Transformative High Schools in the nation. Other schools that made both lists will be recognized at future board meetings.
Board Hears Technology and Online Instruction Presentations
The Board also heard a presentation on the State Department of Education’s new iTunes U Portal. Ponca City district personnel conduct a demonstration of the innovative and free online Khan Academy, and how they are utilizing it in the classroom.