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Pleased but Not Satisfied

Looking at the ACT results that were released last week was a mixed blessing.

On one hand, I celebrate progress. ACT's 2013 Condition of College and Career Readiness report shows that more Oklahoma graduating seniors are ready for college and career than in previous years. The percentage of the state's 2013 graduates who met all four benchmarks in English, reading, science and math rose to 23 percent from 17 percent in 2008.

State Board of Education Meeting Highlights Sept. 11, 2013

Norman, Bartlesville High Schools Recognized for Debate Award 
Students and staff from Norman and Bartlesville high schools were commended by the State Board of Education in its monthly meeting on Sept. 11, for being named Top 40 Debate High Schools in America by the National Forensic League.

Celebrating the State's Best Teachers

 

One of my favorite jobs is getting to call 12 teachers each year, listening to them almost hyperventilate and then celebrating with them that they’ve been named a finalist for the state Teacher of the Year.

The next best moment is naming one of the finalists to the state’s top honor for teachers. This year, that honor went to Peter L. Markes, an 8th- through 12th-grade string orchestra and Advanced Placement music theory teacher from Edmond North High School.

STATE SUPERINTENDENT BARRESI CELEBRATES SIX 2013 BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS IN OKLAHOMA

Today six Oklahoma schools were bestowed the coveted recognition of being named 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. Nationally, 286 schools were recognized with the Oklahoma schools being, Bartlesville Mid-High School, Bartlesville Public Schools; Central High Elementary School, Central High Public Schools; Chisholm High School, Chisholm Public Schools; Harding Charter Preparatory High School in Oklahoma City; Tulsa Eisenhower International Elementary School, Tulsa Public Schools, and Wayland Bonds Elementary School, Moore Public Schools. 

State Superintendent Barresi Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Kingdom of Spain

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi on Sept. 30, 2013, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the State of Oklahoma and the Kingdom of Spain. She and Xavier Gisbert da Cruz, Counselor of Education for the Embassy of Spain, signed the agreement during a ceremony in the Blue Room of the State Capitol.

Oklahoma Closing Achievement Gap for Minorities in AP and SAT Scores

Participation on the SAT among minority students in Oklahoma has increased significantly over the past five years. At the same time, Oklahoma students continue to post SAT scores that are higher than the national average across all subgroups.

Representatives from College Board’s Southwestern Regional Office delivered the SAT and other test scores to the State Department of Education in a recent meeting.

Addressing Teacher Shortages

We’re at a crisis point in this state when it comes to our teacher shortage. For years we’ve seen shortages in subjects such as science and math, but now we are starting to see this spread to areas such as elementary and early childhood.  That’s a new phenomenon and one that must be reversed.

Late this summer, I convened an Educator Workforce Shortage Task Force made up of teachers, school administrators, higher education officials, state legislators and other civic leaders. I asked them to examine all aspects of the issue and devise action steps to help us move past this crisis.

Superintendent Barresi Offers Bullying Prevention Resources

In response to Governor Mary Fallin’s proclamation of Oct. 6-12, 2013, as Oklahoma Bullying Prevention Awareness Week, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi has launched a new webpage with tips for counselors and other educators who work with K-12 youth.

Prudential Searches for Top Oklahoma Youth Volunteers

 

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards has begun its 19th annual search for Oklahoma’s top youth volunteers.

Through November 5, students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The application can be found at spirit.prudential.com or by clicking here.

The Power of Assessments

I had the opportunity last week to participate in an interim study on Oklahoma school assessments hosted by state Sen. John Ford and state Rep. Ann Coody. I thank them and the other lawmakers in the room for the time they spent over the course of two days to hear from experts in every area of assessments. Presenters included classroom teachers, school administrators, higher education representatives, major testing companies such as ACT and SAT, and technology experts.

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