education

Standardized Testing
9:07 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Vendor Apologizes To Oklahoma Education Board For Glitches

State Superintendent Janet Barresi
Oklahoma State Department of Education Flickr Creative Commons

Company officials say the glitch that stalled Oklahoma's standardized testing Monday was caused by a small piece of infrastructure that failed at the testing vendor's data center.

That's according to CTB/McGraw-Hill president Ellen Haley, who apologized to members of the Oklahoma Board of Education on Thursday for the disruption. More than 8,200 students had their tests disrupted Monday because of the malfunctioning hardware, leaving Oklahoma State Superintendent Janet Barresi to suspend all testing that day.

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Education Funding
8:47 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Senate Approves Gradual Oklahoma Public School Funding Proposal

Credit Tod Binger / Flickr Creative Commons

Updated at 11:57 a.m. following the Senate vote.

The Senate unanimously approved a plan Wednesday morning designed to increase public school funding by $600 million annually.

The measure that passed Wednesday on a 43-0 vote initially diverted revenue used to repair state roads and bridges.

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Education
8:51 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Who’s To Blame For Oklahoma Testing Outage?

timlewisnm Flickr Creative Commons

Who’s to blame for glitches that prevented 8,100 Oklahoma students from taking their online exams Monday?

State Education Superintendent Janet Barresi minced no words as she berated test administrator CTB/McGraw-Hill for the outage, which affected middle school and high school students across the state.

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Education
5:46 am
Tue April 22, 2014

What Exactly Is 'High-Quality' Preschool?

Nikki Jones' preschool class at Porter Early Childhood Development Center in Tulsa.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 10:04 am

For years, President Obama has been a vocal booster of early childhood education. In his past two State of the Union addresses, he has called on Congress to help fund preschool for every child in the country.

"Research shows that one of the best investments we can make in a child's life is high-quality early education," Obama told Congress in January.

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Standardized Testing
2:33 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Glitches Prompt Suspension Of Oklahoma Tests... Again

State Superintendent Janet Barresi during Monday's State Department of Education press conference.
Nate Robson Oklahoma Watch

Updated at 2:26 p.m. after a State Department of Education press conference.

For the second consecutive year, standardized testing for Oklahoma students has been disrupted, prompting the state superintendent to suspend all online testing for the day.

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State Capitol
9:07 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Top House Democrat: No Time For Tax Cut In Oklahoma

Oklahoma House Minority Leader Scott Inman (D-Del City) speaking to reporters Thursday.
Credit Oklahoma House Democrats / YouTube

The Oklahoma House's top Democrat says critical state education and transportation needs coupled with declining tax revenue means the timing is not right to pass an income tax cut this year.

House Minority Leader Scott Inman (D-Del City) made the comments shortly after the House adjourned Thursday. Proposals to reduce the state's 5.25 percent top income tax rate by a quarter of a percentage point once revenues improve are expected to be considered by the Legislature next week.

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Oklahoma Watch
7:45 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Is Oklahoma Backing Off The Accountability Push For Public Schools?

Lee Elementary School pre-kindergarten teacher Victoria Tsaras gets active with her students, dancing to “What Does the Fox Say?”
Clifton Adcock Oklahoma Watch

One by one, K-12 education reforms passed in previous years by Oklahoma lawmakers are being targeted for weakening or repeal.

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.

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Education
5:18 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Common Core Turns Business Leaders Against Oklahoma GOP

Conservative Republicans and business leaders are butting heads when it comes to the Common Core standards.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 6:47 pm

Mike Neal gets annoyed when he talks about politicians in his state. Just three years ago, when the Common Core State Standards for education were implemented, no one had a problem with them, says Neal, president of the Tulsa, Okla., Regional Chamber of Commerce.

"It's been a really frustrating situation to the business community in Oklahoma in that we've all been on the same page, from the governor, the House, the Senate, school board members," Neal says. "They've all been behind this."

Now, things are different.

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Education
1:43 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Bill Offers Flexibility On Oklahoma Third Grade Reading

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A bill that would offer more flexibility to school districts to promote third graders who may not be reading at grade level has cleared a Senate committee.

The Senate Education Committee voted 11-0 on Monday for the bill, which included several amendments by state Sen. Clark Jolley (R-Edmond)

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Public Education
12:36 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Oklahoma Teachers Rally At Capitol For Funding

On the south side of the state Capitol, thousands of education supporters cheered as speakers outlined why more funding for Oklahoma’s public schools and the 678,000 students they teach is needed.
Credit Gov. Mary Fallin / Facebook

Before the rally started outside, Oklahoma Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Robert Sommers stayed inside the building to say the administration supports the need for more cash in the classroom.

"Last year the governor signed into a law a budget that delivered over $120 million in new education funding, the bulk of which was for common education," Sommers says.

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