Oklahoma Watch http://kgou.org en Is Oklahoma Backing Off The Accountability Push For Public Schools? http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-backing-accountability-push-public-schools <p>One by one, K-12 education reforms passed in previous years by Oklahoma lawmakers are being targeted for weakening or repeal.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Among them: Common Core State Standards, the Reading Sufficiency Act, A-F school grades for districts, and middle-school end-of-instruction exams for history and social studies. These could all be scaled back or revoked by various legislative bills that have passed in both the House and Senate.</span></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:45:29 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Nate Robson 27502 at http://kgou.org Is Oklahoma Backing Off The Accountability Push For Public Schools? Inhofe, Coburn Among Politicians Working To Separate Federal Funds And Common Core http://kgou.org/post/inhofe-coburn-among-politicians-working-separate-federal-funds-and-common-core <p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Both of Oklahoma’s senators are among a cadre of lawmakers asking that the U.S. Department of Education stop tying federal funding to the implementation of <a href="http://oklahomawatch.org/2014/02/20/education-watch/">Common Core</a> standards and related curriculum.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:17:00 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Nate Robson 26897 at http://kgou.org Inhofe, Coburn Among Politicians Working To Separate Federal Funds And Common Core Many Of State’s Lowest-Achieving Students Show No Improvement In Reading, Math http://kgou.org/post/many-state-s-lowest-achieving-students-show-no-improvement-reading-math <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Four in 10 of Oklahoma’s lowest-performing students showed little or no improvement in language arts and math last year, raising questions about whether the state and schools are focusing enough attention on students who struggle the most.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">In public schools where at least three-fourths of students were from low-income families, about half of test takers made no significant improvement over the previous year, according to an Oklahoma Watch analysis of state test results in spring 2013.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><a href="http://oklahomawatch.org/2014/03/18/how-bottom-25-percent-scored-at-each-school/" style="color: rgb(53, 135, 212); text-decoration: underline; outline: 0px; font-size: 24px; font-style: italic; line-height: 31.200000762939453px;" target="_blank">Interactive: How Bottom 25 Percent Scored at Each School</a></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:02:00 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Clifton Adcock 25984 at http://kgou.org Many Of State’s Lowest-Achieving Students Show No Improvement In Reading, Math Study: Tide Of Oklahoma K-12 Students Will Keep Rising http://kgou.org/post/study-tide-oklahoma-k-12-students-will-keep-rising <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="400" scrolling="no" src="https://www.google.com/fusiontables/embedviz?q=select+col3%3E%3E0+from+1T3I3aKIkLBMUnLbxhY5sn84M-CaQK9br0MTuX0o8&amp;viz=MAP&amp;h=false&amp;lat=38.51638630127861&amp;lng=-89.61026875000005&amp;t=1&amp;z=4&amp;l=col3%3E%3E0&amp;y=2&amp;tmplt=2&amp;hml=KML" width="550"></iframe></p><p><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 20px; line-height: 29.327999114990234px;">A map showing how states stack up in terms of projected student growth.</em></p><p><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 20px; line-height: 29.327999114990234px;">___________________________________________________</em></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5;">Oklahoma is expected to add 28,000 students by 2022, according to data released by the National Center for Education Statistics.</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:24:22 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Nate Robson 25499 at http://kgou.org OKC, Tulsa Superintendents Weigh In On Read-Or-Fail Law, Common Core, The Arts http://kgou.org/post/okc-tulsa-superintendents-weigh-read-or-fail-law-common-core-arts <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Third-grade reading, new education standards, teacher pay and the arts were among key issues addressed by superintendents from Oklahoma’s two largest public school systems during an education forum last week.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Nate Robson 25337 at http://kgou.org OKC, Tulsa Superintendents Weigh In On Read-Or-Fail Law, Common Core, The Arts Limited Impact Expected In Oklahoma From Obama's Education Proposal http://kgou.org/post/limited-impact-expected-oklahoma-obamas-education-proposal <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5;">President Obama called for a 2 percent increase in federal education funding while unveiling his budget proposal Tuesday, but little benefit is expected in Oklahoma.</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Nate Robson 24640 at http://kgou.org Limited Impact Expected In Oklahoma From Obama's Education Proposal The Reading Scramble: Teachers Prep Third Graders For Read-Or-Fail http://kgou.org/post/reading-scramble-teachers-prep-third-graders-read-or-fail <h2 class="tablepress-table-name tablepress-table-name-id-42"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5;">Two years ago, when Oklahoma third-grade students took the state’s annual reading test, nearly 5,500 them, or 11 percent, failed.</span></h2><p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Last year, the results were worse, despite a stepped-up focus on reading instruction: 12 percent of third graders scored at the lowest of four levels, unsatisfactory, meaning they were still reading at about a first-grade lev Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:04:00 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Nate Robson 24546 at http://kgou.org The Reading Scramble: Teachers Prep Third Graders For Read-Or-Fail Fallin To Release Withheld Emails After Leaving Office http://kgou.org/post/fallin-release-withheld-emails-after-leaving-office <p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Thirty-one documents related to the Affordable Care Act that&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">Gov</span>. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:04:00 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Michael King 24380 at http://kgou.org Fallin To Release Withheld Emails After Leaving Office State Moves To Share Early-Childhood Data With Districts http://kgou.org/post/state-moves-share-early-childhood-data-districts <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Oklahoma is often held up as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/steven-dow-tells-new-york-city-council-about-tulsa-s/article_153cec26-9909-11e3-a451-0017a43b2370.html?_dc=29576223809.27205" style="color: rgb(53, 135, 212);">national poster child</a>&nbsp;for offering early childhood education to many students.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">But according to state officials and educators, the system has a serious weakness: Data about each student’s academic profile is not shared between early-childhood education program providers and school districts, or between providers. That can prevent kindergarten teachers from being able to immediately target students' learning needs when they arrive, officials say. It also prevents providers from doing the same when a child transfers from one program to another or is enrolled in more than one program.</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Nate Robson 24000 at http://kgou.org State Moves To Share Early-Childhood Data With Districts School-Choice Push: Education Savings Accounts And A ‘Parent Trigger’ Law http://kgou.org/post/school-choice-push-education-savings-accounts-and-parent-trigger-law <p>Four years ago, state Rep. Jason Nelson challenged the status quo in education by authoring the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Act. The measure allowed parents of special-needs students to use state dollars to pay private school tuition and other educational expenses. About 280 students are now participating.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:42:00 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Warren Vieth 23904 at http://kgou.org School-Choice Push: Education Savings Accounts And A ‘Parent Trigger’ Law