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Preparing for the Road Ahead

I had the best time last week attending the Vision 2020 conference. Thousands of educators joined us in Oklahoma City for this professional development conference.

I’m confident we gave them critical content and helpful updates as well as energized them for returning to school. I’m delighted to be able to provide this three-day conference. And, it was all FREE to Oklahoma teachers, educators and families of our students.

FIRST Robotics Grant Applications Available

Robotics program grant applications are now available to all Oklahoma public schools.

The State Department of Education (SDE), in partnership with FIRST Robotics, has approved a $70,000 budget item to support public school student participation in the FIRST Robotics Program. The SDE will provide grants up to $5,000 per school to facilitate recent start-up and existing team opportunities. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Sept. 23, 2013. Grant awards will be announced in October and available to schools in November.

State Department of Education Settles with CTB/McGraw-Hill for Over $1.2 Million

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi announced today that the Oklahoma State Department of Education, in conjunction with the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, has reached a settlement agreement with CTB/McGraw-Hill for more than $1.2 million in damages. The settlement covers damages suffered by students and teachers during the testing disruptions and server outages experienced on April 29 and 30 during the spring testing window.

Giving Back to Teachers Who Give So Much

It’s back-to-school time, and I’m going shopping.

I love this time of year when store shelves are stocked with crayon boxes, notebook paper and folders in every color. I’m always tempted to pick up extra supplies, knowing teachers often have to buy their own for students who come to school without any. But this year, I’m buying for a special group of teachers whose classrooms were destroyed by tornadoes, floods and other storms that hit Oklahoma in late May. I hope the public will join me.

State Education Department Appoints New Executive Director of Teacher and Leader Effectivenes

 

Former Sapulpa High School Principal Dr. Jenyfer Glisson to Lead Program 

The Oklahoma State Department of Education announced today the appointment of Dr. Jenyfer Glisson of Sapulpa to direct the newly implemented Teacher and Leader Effectiveness evaluation program passed by the legislature in 2010. 

Student Test Score Study Presented to State Board of Education

The Oklahoma State Department of Education announced today that the independent study to determine if student tests scores had been compromised by the two days of disruption this past spring is complete.

The HumRRO Statistical Investigation of Oklahoma Disruptions indicated that students appeared to do as well on the test as students not involved in the disruption. Based on the result of this study, State Superintendent Janet Barresi determined the state will retain all scores of impacted students who scored proficient or advanced.

ACT Scores Show Increase in Oklahoma Reading Benchmarks

ACT results released today show that more Oklahoma graduating seniors are ready for college and career than in previous years.

According to ACT's 2013 Condition of College and Career Readiness report, the percentage of the state's 2013 graduates who met all four benchmarks in English, reading, science and math rose to 23 percent from 20 percent the previous two years and from 17 percent in 2008. The report is based on the results of the 2013 ACT college entrance exam.

Geronimo Teacher Receives Bob Costas Grant for Teaching of Writing

 

Alyson Glass, the winner of the 2013 Bob Costas Grant for the Teaching of Writing was recognized by State Superintendent Janet Barresi and the State Board of Education during the board's meeting on Tuesday.

Oklahoma Education Workforce Shortage Task Force Meets

Several dozen education leaders convened today for the first meeting of State Superintendent Janet Barresi’s Oklahoma Education Workforce Shortage Task Force.

Classroom teachers, school administrators, legislators and civic leaders from rural, suburban and urban areas from all across the state met to discuss workforce shortage concerns and determine first action steps in addressing the problem of recruiting and retaining the best teachers in the present economy.

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