Common Core

Oklahoma News
1:39 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Oklahoma 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver To Be Reinstated

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Oklahoma officials say the federal government will restore the state's flexibility to decide how to use $29 million in public school funding.

The state Board of Education said in a statement that the U.S. Department of Education would announce Monday afternoon it is reinstating a waiver from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Oklahoma lost its waiver this year after the state dropped Common Core standards and didn't certify that the replacement guidelines made students ready for college or the workplace.

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2014 Elections
11:09 am
Mon November 3, 2014

State Superintendent Candidates Spar Over Qualifications In Debate

Democratic superintendent canddiate John Cox and Republican nominee Joy Hofmeister during Tuesday's debate at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa.

With just a week before the November 4 general election, Republican Joy Hofmeister and Democrat John Cox set out to differentiate themselves last night in one of the final debates in the race for Oklahoma’s top education office.

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7:49 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

PASS Standards "College and Career Ready," But Not Perfect

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The process and findings of a review of Priority Academic Student Skills standards by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Southern Regional Education Board was presented Thursday before the Oklahoma Standards Steering Committee, revealing some recommended changes. 

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7:54 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Oklahoma Regents To Vote On Education Standards

Chase Cook Oklahoma Watch

Even if Oklahoma's outdated education standards are determined to properly prepare students for college, state officials say there's little they can do this school year to regain control of federal funding stripped from the state.

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3:26 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Are Oklahoma's Students "College And Career Ready?"

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Even if Oklahoma's outdated education standards are determined to properly prepare students for college, state officials say there's little they can do this school year to regain control of federal funding stripped from the state.

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5:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Oklahoma School Officials Frustrated With Changes

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Oklahoma school administrators remain frustrated by the Legislature's decision to repeal rigorous Common Core academic standards for public school students weeks before they were to go into effect.

Their frustration intensified when federal officials denied Oklahoma the authority to decide how to spend millions of federal education dollars. Federal officials said Oklahoma could not demonstrate its current standards help students become college- and-career-ready.

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Intelligence Squared U.S.
12:00 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Debate: Should Schools Embrace The Common Core?

Education experts faced off on the motion "Embrace the Common Core" at an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate, moderated by John Donvan (center).
Samuel LaHoz Intelligence Squared U.S.

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 1:10 pm

More than 40 states have adopted the Common Core State Standards, new national academic benchmarks in reading and math. But the Common Core has become the center of a highly contentious debate nationwide.

Proponents say the Common Core was designed to ensure that children, no matter where they go to school, are prepared to succeed in college or the workplace upon graduation. Opponents argue that many of the standards are not age- or development-appropriate, and that they constrain the ability of teachers to adjust their teaching to their individual classrooms.

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9:07 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

State Board Of Education Unveils Standards Creation Steering Committee

Chancellor for Higher Education Glen Johnson is a member of the new Standard's Creation Steering Committee.
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The State Board of Education unveiled and approved the membership of the standard’s creation steering committee Thursday despite State Superintendent Janet Barresi’s attempt to amend the motion.

The steering committee will oversee the standards creation process approved earlier this summer after the repeal of Common Core standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts.

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4:12 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Common Core An Issue In Competitive Governor Race

Rush Springs State Rep. and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Joe Dorman.
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An underfunded and little-known Democratic candidate for governor has found a new issue on which to attack incumbent Gov. Mary Fallin.

The federal government stripped Oklahoma on Thursday of its authority to decide how to spend millions in federal education funds because of the state's repeal of Common Core instructional standards for English and math.

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8:04 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Board Of Education Creates Committee To Determine Process To Replace Common Core

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The Oklahoma Board of Education has created a steering committee to develop the process for replacing Common Core education standards for English and math instruction in the state's public schools.

The board voted Wednesday to create the committee and appointed board member Amy Ford to chair the committee and board members Lee Baxter and Bill Price to serve as members.

The committee will consist of eight other members that include representatives from higher education as well as a school administrator, teachers and the parent of a public school student.

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