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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.

Supt. Barresi remarks on the passing of Paul Risser

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi today made the following remarks about the death of Paul Risser, former Oklahoma chancellor for higher education and chairman and chief operating officer of the University of Oklahoma Research Cabinet. Risser died Thursday after a lengthy illness.

Oklahoma Department of Education, Native American educators unveil online site for American Indian education

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi today introduced a new online resource guide aimed at strengthening American Indian education in Oklahoma.

Located on the State Department of Education (SDE) website at ok.gov/sde/oier, the Oklahoma Indian Education Resource details the vibrant culture, traditions, history and governments of the state’s 39 sovereign tribes.

Oklahoma School Security Institute Launches Tip Line for Schools

OKLAHOMA CITY – July 24, 2014 – The Oklahoma School Security Institute (OSSI) recently launched www.tipline.ok.gov where reports of activity that may compromise school security can be submitted and then disseminated to appropriate parties for additional investigation.

Oklahoma requests extension of education flexibility waiver

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) today filed a request with the U.S. Department of Education for a one-year extension of the flexibility waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind).

One condition of the waiver, first granted to Oklahoma in 2012, stipulates that academic standards for English and math must be college- and career-ready.

21st Century Community Learning Center Grantees Announced

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi recently approved awarding almost $3.1 million in 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grants to 13 recipients for a five-year period beginning with the 2014-15 school year.

Oklahoma begins task of compliance with NCLB after loss of flexibility waiver

In the wake of the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) decision not to extend Oklahoma’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi today directed state education officials to immediately begin the task of compliance with NCLB, which is part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

State Department of Education to hold PASS Plus Academies For teachers throughout state

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) will host professional development sessions statewide this fall regarding Priority Academic Student Skills, or PASS. Under recently signed legislation, Oklahoma’s PreK-12 teachers must use PASS standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics through 2016. The state will develop new and stronger academic standards to go into effect in 2016.

Workshops to help educators transition to new science standards

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is offering free two-day regional workshops to support science teachers and school district administrators as they transition to new Oklahoma Academic Standards (OAS) for Science.

The new standards were adopted by the State Board of Education and signed into rule by Gov. Fallin this summer.  They replace Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) science standards. State science assessments will not be aligned to these new standards, however, until 2016-2017 so that districts and teachers have time to transition.

A-F Report Cards released for Oklahoma schools

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) today released the 2014 A-F Report Card for public schools statewide. In this third year of A-F, more than one-third of Oklahoma schools improved their overall score, with 289 receiving A’s. Unfortunately, this year also saw a rise in F schools with 200, or 11 percent, as compared to 163 in 2013.

The 2014 grades are available at http://afreportcards.ok.gov.

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