State Board of Education approves FY 2015 budget request

The Oklahoma State Board of Education today approved a $2.5 billion fiscal year 2015 budget request for the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE). Representing a $174.9 million increase over last year, the proposal will go before the state Legislature when it convenes in February.

The budget requests an $81.4 million increase in financial support for schools, part of $1.9 billion overall in the State Aid Funding Formula.

State Board of Education Member Bill Shdeed to Receive OCU Law Lifetime Achievement Award

Oklahoma State Board of Education member William F. “Bill” Shdeed will be honored with the Justice Marian P. Opala Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Oklahoma City University School of Law on Saturday night.

Shdeed is one of three alumni of the OCU School of Law and a leading local law firm to be honored Saturday at “Lights up the Night,” the 2013 Awards and Reunion Gala for the law school.

Rewarding Excellence

Ever give your child money for a job well done – maybe $5 for keeping his or her room clean or for helping with chores around the house, maybe a reward for good grades?

It works in business on a larger scale, and it should work the same in state government. You reward exceptional performance, and in so doing, you incentivize others to strive for similar success.

Public Comment Period Opens for Track 2 Administrative Rules

To School Administrators:

On November 1, 2013, the Oklahoma State Department of Education published a Notice of Rulemaking Intent (NRI) in the Oklahoma Register notifying the public of its intent to amend specific rules. Copies of proposed draft rules and Rule Impact Statements are available at  http://ok.gov/sde/administrative-rules.

State Supt. Barresi Praises Oklahoma City Public Schools for Raising Teacher Pay

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi made the following comments after Oklahoma City Public Schools announced a pay raise effective immediately for district teachers. OKCPS is also establishing a new salary grade that will increase pay for more experienced teachers.

NAEP Scores Show Oklahoma Students up in Three Areas, Still Behind Nation

Oklahoma math and reading scores in the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) are a mixed bag. While the fourth-grade math scores are the highest in 10 years — and 19 points up from 1992 — state education officials note that other results point to the need for stronger academic rigor that is beginning to take shape.

Oklahoma fourth-graders taking the national assessment earned an average score of 239, up from 229 in 2003 and 220 in 1992. That still placed the state behind this year’s national average of 241.

Oklahoma State Department of Education Releases A-F Report Card for Schools Statewide

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 6, 2013) – The Oklahoma State Department of Education today released the A-F Report Card for Oklahoma public school districts and schools. Available online at http://afreportcards.ok.gov, the annual grades were approved at a special meeting of the State Board of Education.

The grading system is part of a larger, comprehensive effort to heighten accountability and transparency for Oklahoma schools, providing parents and communities with readily understood information about how their local schools are doing.

National Math and Science Initiative Expands Comprehensive Advanced Placement Program at Enid High School

The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) announced today that its Comprehensive Advanced Placement (AP) program will expand to Enid High School, thanks to the generosity of three Enid businesses and a partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE).

2013 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Elaine Hutchison Featured on The Ignite Show

Elaine Hutchison, the 2013 Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year, is the featured teacher in a special episode of The Ignite Show, an online television program aired through the Georgia PBS channel:  http://www.gpb.org/the-ignite-show/season-2/episode/elaine-hutchison.

TLE November Newsletter | Updated Interpretation: Evaluating Highly Effective or Superior Teachers

Over the past few weeks, State Department of Education leaders have engaged in numerous conversations with state legislators over the interpretation of Senate Bill 207. The bill provides that teachers who received Highly Effective or Superior ratings may be evaluated once every two years. Read the full newsletter




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