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Superintendent Barresi scraps double-testing requirement for middle school students who take higher math courses

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 14, 2013) — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi today notified district school superintendents that middle school students testing in Algebra I, Algebra II or Geometry are no longer required to take the grade-level math assessment.

“This double testing has long been a requirement of the U.S. Department of Education, but it is unnecessary and not in the best interest of our students,” Barresi said.

Superintendent Barresi urges parents, schools to keep focus on third-grade reading law

Calling it a significant step forward in combating illiteracy in Oklahoma, state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi today urged parents to make themselves aware of the third-grade reading law taking effect this school year. The measure, part of the Reading Sufficiency Act, designates that students who score Unsatisfactory in the reading assessment cannot be promoted to fourth grade until they can demonstrate what typically would be deemed a second-grade reading level or higher.

Two Oklahoma Students Named U.S. Senate Youth Delegates

Two Oklahoma high school students will travel to Washington D.C. in March as Oklahoma’s delegates to the 52nd Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP).

Ryan Chapman from Norman North High School in the Norman Public Schools District and Gloria Tso from Bartlesville High School in the Bartlesville Public Schools District are Oklahoma's delegates.

Otuoze Baiye from Bartlesville High School and Javonte Baker from Edmond Santa Fe High School in the Edmond Public Schools district were chosen as alternates.

Counselors Only Conference Canceled

The Counselors Only Conference hosted by the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech has been canceled for Tuesday, March 4, because UCO is opening late due to inclement weather.

 

State Department of Education Names New Assistant Superintendent Overseeing Assessments


OKLAHOMA CITY (March 18, 2014) — The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) announced today that Lisa Chandler is the agency’s new assistant superintendent in charge of assessments.

Chandler is a longtime state-level education policy leader with experience in the public and private sectors. From 2003 to 2007, she served as director of student assessment for the Texas Education Agency where she helped oversee the implementation of a new assessment system.

Proposed changes to the state’s Pre-Kindergarten standards open for public comment

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) has posted on the agency’s website the newly proposed draft of the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Pre-Kindergarten.

The draft is available on the OSDE’s Early Childhood and Family Education Webpage at http://www.ok.gov/sde/early-childhood-and-family-education.

OSDE works to ensure testing issues resolved

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) has been working closely with its testing vendors to ensure as many potential issues as possible are resolved before computer-based assessments are administered beginning next month.

Local Mentoring Programs Benefit Students Efforts Highlighted During National Volunteer Week

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 10, 2014) – This week marks National Volunteer Week, which honors the countless people across the nation who offer their time, skill and compassion to help others in need.

When it comes to volunteering to help children, one of the most effective ways to make a big impression is to mentor.

Superintendent Barresi joins educators in opposing proposal to weaken social studies, U.S. history instruction

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 15, 2014) — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi and various educators around Oklahoma and across the country are expressing concerns that proposed state legislation would erase Oklahoma’s ability to measure student knowledge of social studies, geography and a significant portion of U.S. history.

Senate Bill 1654 seeks to eliminate state assessments on social studies in grades five and eight, as well as geography in grade seven. The seventh-grade world geography test is the only time students are currently tested on geographic knowledge.

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