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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.

Superintendent Barresi congratulates five 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 30, 2014) – Five Oklahoma schools were named 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools today by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), joining the ranks of some of the best schools in the nation.

USDE awarded the “Exemplary High Performing Schools” designation to Adair High School of Adair Public Schools, Bethany High School of Bethany Public Schools, Edmond Doyle Elementary of McAlester Public Schools, Reydon Elementary School of Reydon Public Schools and Southeast Elementary School of Jenks Public Schools.

State Board of Education to hold special meeting Oct. 17, State Board Room

The State Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 2014, in the State Board Room, Room 120 of the Oliver Hodge Education Building, 2500 N. Lincoln. View the agenda here

Teacher pay raise, additional instructional days part of FY16 budget request approved by State Board of Education

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi asked State Board of Education members on Thursday to approve a $2,500 minimum pay raise for teachers and all certified personnel, excluding superintendents in the state. The request was part of the $2.78 billion budget request that will be presented to the Oklahoma Legislature for Fiscal Year 2016.

Notice of Rulemaking Intent/Public Comment

On October 15, 2014, Notices of Rulemaking Intent (NRI) were published in the Oklahoma Register notifying the public of proposed amendments to four rules in Title 210 for the State Board of Education. Copies of proposed draft rules and Rule Impact Statements are available at  http://ok.gov/sde/administrative-rules.

Snow Schedule for Professional Development

The State Department of Education has made the following changes to its professional development schedule for Monday, Nov. 17, because of weather conditions.

The Kingfisher PASS-Plus academy for English and math teachers and the Town Hall meeting have been canceled because of inclement weather.

Science standards workshops will still take place in Woodward.

LETRS literacy training at Rose State College will start at 11 a.m.

 

 

 

U.S. Department of Education restores Oklahoma’s No Child Left Behind Flexibility Waiver for remainder of school year

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 24) — The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) announced today it is reinstating Oklahoma’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Flexibility Waiver for the 2014-15 school year. Although the waiver had been pulled after state lawmakers repealed Common Core academic standards deemed college- and career-ready, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan reconsidered that earlier decision after Oklahoma higher education officials determined the state’s existing academic standards were sufficient.

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