The Oklahoma State Department of Education has confirmed local school leaders' accounts of significant fluctuations in preliminary A-F grades for schools.
Schools had a Monday deadline to request that the state correct or otherwise verify their new school grade cards. On Friday, State Superintendent Janet Barresi said her department needed up to two more weeks before asking the state Board of Education to finalize the report cards and release them publicly.
A longtime educator, school administrator and former university dean is the latest candidate to announce plans to seek the state superintendent post currently held by first-term Republican Janet Barresi.
Democrat Freda Deskin formally launched her campaign on Monday with announcements in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. She was joined by Oklahoma's former First Lady Kim Henry, who is chairing her campaign.
Deskin was a public school teacher and administrator for 15 years, taught at the University of Oklahoma and was a dean at Oklahoma City University.
The former chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party is the latest candidate to announce they are running against first-term Republican State Superintendent Janet Barresi.
Longtime university professor Ivan Holmes officially announced his candidacy at a press conference Thursday at the state Capitol.
The 76-year-old joins a crowded field of Democrats seeking to oust Barresi, who also is facing a primary challenge from fellow Republican Joy Hofmeister, a former state school board member from Tulsa who was appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin.
State School Superintendent Janet Barresi says students at the six Oklahoma schools participating in the National Math and Science Initiative program showed a 55 percent increase in their scores on the advanced placement exams in math, science and English.
The NMSI program is in place at Eisenhower, MacArthur, Lawton, Carl Albert, Del City and Midwest City high schools. The program works with teachers at the schools and provides equipment and supplies to help them teach advanced courses.
Some state legislators are calling for a moratorium on public school testing after a number of computer glitches were reported by state education officials.
Longtime school administrator and State Rep. Curtis McDaniel (D-Smithville) says it would be unfair to subject students to testing this year after ``a ton of problems'' have been reported with the process.