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Proposed changes to the state’s Pre-Kindergarten standards open for public comment

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) has posted on the agency’s website the newly proposed draft of the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Pre-Kindergarten.

The draft is available on the OSDE’s Early Childhood and Family Education Webpage at http://www.ok.gov/sde/early-childhood-and-family-education.

OSDE works to ensure testing issues resolved

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) has been working closely with its testing vendors to ensure as many potential issues as possible are resolved before computer-based assessments are administered beginning next month.

OKTOY Blog: The Rally for Education


On March 31, I was invited to serve as the opening speaker for Oklahoma’s historic rally for education at the capitol. This is that speech: 

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Peter Markes speaks at the March 31 teacher rally.

TLE April Newsletter | Train-the-Trainer Value-Added Model Workshops

 
April is an important month for educational leaders in Oklahoma because the mandatory roster verification process begins. In order to ensure a smooth transition, district superintendents recently participated in Oklahoma State Department of Education’s VAM Briefing videoconference.  Read the full newsletter
 
 
 
 

Bridging the Gap

 
There was a time when a high school diploma was enough to give someone a fighting chance for economic success.

But those days appear to be over.

Local Mentoring Programs Benefit Students Efforts Highlighted During National Volunteer Week

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 10, 2014) – This week marks National Volunteer Week, which honors the countless people across the nation who offer their time, skill and compassion to help others in need.

When it comes to volunteering to help children, one of the most effective ways to make a big impression is to mentor.

Recipients of State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence Recognized in State Ceremony

State Superintendent Janet Barresi will honor 121 high school seniors from 41 communities Thursday night at the State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence Ceremony at the Scottish Rite Temple in Guthrie.

The students will receive a total of 131 awards.

The State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence recognize high school seniors who have achieved artistic and academic excellence and have contributed service to their communities.

Oklahoma Grades 6-8 and EOI Tests Suspended for the Day

As a result of online testing disruptions for students in grades 6-8 and high school end-of-instruction (EOIs) exams, State Superintendent Janet Barresi has directed testing vendor CTB/McGraw Hill to suspend online testing for today.

“We certainly share in the frustration that students and school districts feel,” Barresi said. “It is of paramount importance that CTB finds the nature of the problem and resolves it as quickly as possible.”

OKTOY Blog: The Chi Mei Museum

 
In recent visits to high school orchestras around our state, I have been sharing this story from March 26, 2013. It is the top musical experience of my life:

Peter Markes plays a very expensive violin.

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