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7:50 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Oklahoma State Board Of Education To Consider New Testing Vendor

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The Oklahoma Board of Education is expected to consider a sole-source contract with a testing vendor to conduct about 50,000 end-of-instruction tests for high school students this winter.

The board is holding a special meeting Friday in Oklahoma City to consider a contract with Measured Progress to conduct the testing. State Department of Education officials say the contract will be for between $3.3 million and $3.5 million.

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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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Oklahoma Voices
1:43 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Fiscal Panelists: Anemic Education Funding May Cost Jobs

Part 1 of an ongoing series of Oklahoma Policy Institute panel discussions.
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Education is a core service of Oklahoma’s state government, is woefully underfunded, and will cost the state future jobs if not addressed soon.

That’s the message of some panelists convened by the Oklahoma Policy Institute last month, which discussed Oklahoma’s burgeoning fiscal challenges.

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Ruling Under Appeal
6:17 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Scholarship Program For Disabled Ruled Unconstitutional

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An Oklahoma district judge has ruled that a portion of a scholarship program for students with disabilities that's funded with state money is unconstitutional.

The judge ruled Thursday that funds from the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Program cannot be used to send students to sectarian schools. The judge also stayed the order pending an appeal — meaning the program remains unchanged for the time being.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says he will appeal the ruling.

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Education
7:46 am
Thu July 17, 2014

State Education Department Ready To Start Developing New Standards

The State Department of Education wants Oklahoma teachers, parents, and anyone interested in public education to help develop new academic standards for English and math.

On Tuesday the Oklahoma Supreme Court upheld a repeal of the state's Common Core standards that were adopted in 2010. Oklahoma will revert to old Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) Standards until a replacement is implemented two years from now.

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Education
1:24 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Oklahoma Teacher Of The Year Nominees Announced

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The Oklahoma State Department of Education has named the 12 finalists for the annual Teacher of the Year award.

State Superintendent Janet Barresi made the announcement Wednesday. The winner will be announced this fall.

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Standardized Testing
9:07 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Vendor Apologizes To Oklahoma Education Board For Glitches

State Superintendent Janet Barresi
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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
8:51 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Who’s To Blame For Oklahoma Testing Outage?

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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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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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Oklahoma Watch
2:02 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Limited Impact Expected In Oklahoma From Obama's Education Proposal

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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.

During his presentation, Obama requested $68.6 billion in discretionary education funding. The proposal included no changes in current Title 1 spending, which funds programs for students from low-income families, or special education. Both programs combined take up 39 percent of proposed federal education funding.

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