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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.

Oklahoma Students in National Math and Science Initiative Program Excel on Advanced Placement Exams

Oklahoma City (August 28, 2013) – Hundreds of high school students in Oklahoma are headed back to school this year with higher scores on their Advanced Placement* (AP) exams thanks to the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). NMSI’s Comprehensive AP program works to improve student performance in rigorous math, science and English courses. 

State Department of Education Prepares Families for Transition to Oklahoma Academic Standards

Families Gear Up for the Road Ahead

State Department of Education Prepares Families for Transition to Oklahoma Academic Standards

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 10, 2013) – The Oklahoma State Department of Education hosted a family engagement road rally on Tuesday, September 10, at Central Elementary School in the Putnam City School District.

State Department of Education's Special Education Department Saves Almost $8 Million in Past Year

Correction: Editors/Reporters, please note the correction in this sentence - She said the only reduction in special education district funds occurred where populations of students decreased and/or the number of students in poverty decreased.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 12, 2013) – The State Department of Education’s Special Education Services Division has been able to save almost $8 million in a little more than a year without cutting necessary services to districts, State Board of Education members were told Wednesday, during the board’s monthly meeting.

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.

Edmond Music Teacher Named 2014 State Teacher of the Year

Peter L. Markes, an 8th- through 12th-grade string orchestra and Advanced Placement music theory teacher from Edmond North High School in the Edmond School District was named the 2014 Teacher of the Year by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi during a ceremony Tuesday at the Oklahoma State Fair.


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