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Even if Oklahoma's outdated education standards are determined to properly prepare students for college, state officials say there's little they can do this school year to regain control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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Oklahoma Watch
6:30 am
Wed October 15, 2014

In Education, Do Parents Matter?

Henderson Harris (right) talks with Jannett Taylor at a GEAR UP event in Oklahoma City. Harris, whose daughter attends Douglas High School, and Taylor, who’s granddaughter attends Douglas, are looking to increase the number of participants in the school’s Parent-Teacher-Student Association.
Credit Nate Robson / Oklahoma Watch

At John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City, only 22 percent of parents attended a parent-teacher conference in 2012-2013, state records show.

In Tulsa, just 4 percent of parents at Central Junior High School made at least one parent-teacher meeting – the lowest rate in the district.

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8:22 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

State Superintendent Candidates, Interim Study Looks At Alternative Testing Solutions

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The two candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction say that there is too much testing in the public schools at the same time members of the House Common Education Committee heard similar testimony in an interim study.

The Woodward News reports on a debate between the candidates.

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Oklahoma Watch
4:33 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Are Oklahoma Students College Ready?

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Test scores released for the SAT test this week would appear to show a majority of high school seniors are ready for college, but the test is an incomplete measure.

According to the 2014 SAT scores, 69 percent of students met the college-ready benchmark. The problem is that only 4.5 percent of graduating seniors, or 1,725 students, took the exam.

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2014 Elections
10:52 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Oklahoma Gubernatorial Candidates Focus On Education, State Finances In Debate

Democratic gubernatorial nominee and state Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs) and Republican incumbent Gov. Mary Fallin during the October 2, 2014 debate at Oklahoma State University.

Incumbent Republican Gov. Mary Fallin and Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs faced off Thursday night at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater in the only scheduled gubernatorial debate before the November 4 elections.

The two candidates focused on education and public safety issues and sparred over the current administration's handling of the economy.

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8:38 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Lawmakers Hear Presentations On State Education Funding Levels

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Oklahoma educators and other local community members told lawmakers Tuesday they want to send a message to Congress to fully fund a federal program that provides impact aid to Oklahoma schools.

The group voiced their concerns before the House Appropriations and Budget subcommittee on Common Education at the request of Rep. Dan Fisher, R-El Reno.

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11:31 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Vendor Drops Out From Oklahoma Bidding Process

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Oklahoma education officials say the testing vendor CTB/McGraw Hill has withdrawn itself from consideration for a new contract for Oklahoma's winter exams.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education announced Monday that the company would withdraw from the bidding process. Last week, the Oklahoma State Board of Education delayed action on the no-bid contract amid criticism over CTB/McGraw Hill's performance on the standardized tests over the past two years.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:08 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Colleagues Reflect On Gov. Henry Bellmon's Education Legacy

Henry Bellmon, Oklahoma's 18th and 23rd governor and two-term U.S. Senator
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s first Republican governor is considered an architect of the state’s hallmark education movement.

Both opponents and allies of Henry Bellmon described him as the moving force for the 1990 passage of House Bill 1017 that mandated better teacher pay, smaller class sizes and curriculum reform.

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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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