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OKTOY Blog: The Year

I recently returned my affectionately named “free car” to the State Fair of Oklahoma, and I can't express enough gratitude for this incredible donation over the past year! While I only inched out 17,000 miles, a great summary of the year can be told through that little car.

2014 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Peter Markes poses with his OKTOY car

Tahlequah math teacher named 2015 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year at State Fair ceremony

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 16, 2014) – Jason Scott Proctor, 35, a Tahlequah high school math teacher, has been named the 2015 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi made the announcement today during a ceremony at the Oklahoma State Fair.

A-F Report Cards released for Oklahoma schools

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) today released the 2014 A-F Report Card for public schools statewide. In this third year of A-F, more than one-third of Oklahoma schools improved their overall score, with 289 receiving A’s. Unfortunately, this year also saw a rise in F schools with 200, or 11 percent, as compared to 163 in 2013.

The 2014 grades are available at http://afreportcards.ok.gov.

Rising Star teachers named at Teacher of the Year ceremony

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 16, 2014) — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi recognized six Rising Star Teachers from across the state during today’s state Teacher of the Year ceremony at the Oklahoma State Fair. Rising Stars are teachers who show an amazing amount of promise in their profession. They are selected in addition to the 12 finalists for the state Teacher of the Year.

Town hall meetings throughout Oklahoma will cover changes in education

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 24, 2014) – The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is inviting parents, educators and community members to a series of open town hall meetings across the state to discuss education in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Education Town Halls provide an opportunity for everyone with a stake in our schools to learn about the Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) that Oklahoma classrooms will use over the next two years and how the loss of the No Child Left Behind waiver will affect local schools.

Superintendent Barresi congratulates five 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 30, 2014) – Five Oklahoma schools were named 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools today by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), joining the ranks of some of the best schools in the nation.

USDE awarded the “Exemplary High Performing Schools” designation to Adair High School of Adair Public Schools, Bethany High School of Bethany Public Schools, Edmond Doyle Elementary of McAlester Public Schools, Reydon Elementary School of Reydon Public Schools and Southeast Elementary School of Jenks Public Schools.

Youth volunteers sought for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 2, 2014) – Top youth volunteers in Oklahoma are being sought for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

Now through Nov. 4, Oklahoma students in grades 5-12 that have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months are invited to apply.

State Board of Education to hold special meeting Oct. 17, State Board Room

The State Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 2014, in the State Board Room, Room 120 of the Oliver Hodge Education Building, 2500 N. Lincoln. View the agenda here

Afterschool report shows high satisfaction but need for more programs

Oklahoma City (Oct. 17, 2014) — Parent satisfaction is high for afterschool programs in Oklahoma, but the demand for quality programs still exceeds the supply, according to a household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance.

The 2014 edition of America After 3PM shows that 94 percent of those surveyed with children in an afterschool program are satisfied. The number of children who would participate in an afterschool program where available, though, exceeds the number of children currently enrolled in such programs in the state.

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