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Supt. Hofmeister praises recipients of national teaching award

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (July 3, 2015) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister  praised two Oklahoma teachers who have been nationally recognized for their outstanding achievements in science and math.

Mark Thomas of Stillwater High School and Sarah Vann of Owasso Eighth Grade Center have been awarded the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Only 108 teachers nationwide receive this honor each year.

Summer school programs effective for struggling readers

 

While some children are spending the summer under the Oklahoma sun, others are indoors blazing through subjects that ordinarily pose huge challenges for them during the school year.

Districts across the state are offering intensive summer school classes to help children catch up in core subjects like reading and math. In Tulsa, each child in the program is given a customized summer-growth goal.

These goals, in turn, have helped teachers approach learning with children’s individual strengths and weaknesses in mind.

Supt. Hofmeister applauds Gov. Fallin for signing legislation to improve education

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 3, 2015) — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister today praised Gov. Fallin on her signing of several bills focused on improving public education in Oklahoma.

Among the legislation is Senate Bill 630, which extends the use of reading teams under the Reading Sufficiency Act through the next three school years. These teams — which include a child’s parent or guardian, current teacher, future teacher and reading specialist — make recommendations on whether a third-grader who scored 

Supt. Hofmeister praises state's finalists for School Counselor of the Year

School Counselors of the Year finalists, Sarah Kirk, Nick Hughes, Joyce ParhamOKLAHOMA CITY (June 2, 2015) — The Oklahoma School Counselor Association has announced its three finalists for Oklahoma State School Counselor of the Year. In November the eventual finalist will be named the state's Counselor of the Year and go on to compete for the national School Counselor of the Year.

Superintendent Hofmeister praises Legislature for passage of bill extending role of reading teams under RSA

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 22, 2015) - Both the House and Senate passed SB 630 today, extending the use of reading teams under the Reading Sufficiency Act (RSA) through the next three school years. The reading teams had previously been scheduled to dissolve at the close of the current school year.

Supt. Hofmeister praises lawmakers for approval of a bill strengthening student safety

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 22, 2015)- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister praised Oklahoma legislators today for passing a measure that will improve communication between districts and the State Department of Education that will ultimately provide greater protection of students.

Both the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved Senate Bill 711.

Supt. Hofmeister applauds lawmakers for approval of bill strengthening teacher evaluations

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 21, 2015) — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister praised Oklahoma legislators today for passing a measure aimed at strengthening teacher evaluations.

House members unanimously approved Senate Bill 706, which provides time for efficient implementation of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE) until the 2017-18 school year and makes a number of modifications recommended by the TLE Commission.

Authored by Sen. John Ford and Rep. Dennis Casey, SB 706 now heads to the governor.

Oklahoma Academic Standards Committee Receives Update from Writing Teams, First Draft Due June 1

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 20, 2015) - The Oklahoma Academic Standards Setting Steering Committee is moving forward with the development of new state academic standards in preK-12 for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. The Committee met Tuesday at the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) to hear updates from the writing teams for ELA and mathematics.

At least 85 percent of Oklahoma third-graders pass to next grade under Reading Sufficiency Act

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 15, 2015) — Preliminary results from this school year’s third-grade Oklahoma Core Curriculum Test (OCCT) reading test indicate that at least 85 percent will be promoted to the next grade.

Out of more than 50,000 test-takers, 67 percent statewide scored “Proficient,” while 14.6 percent scored “Unsatisfactory.”

Preliminary results are as follows:

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