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Reading to Succeed

As the third-grade reading law takes effect this school year, I have been contacted by a number of parents and teachers worried about the possibility that their child or pupil might be retained.

The question often posed to me is: How can we consider holding back a child from moving on to the next grade?

The question I pose to them is: How can we consider promoting a child who can’t read?

Enrollment in Oklahoma schools increases sharply in past five years


OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 14, 2014) — The number of students enrolled in Oklahoma public schools has increased for the 2013-14 school year. The total enrollment of students attending public schools in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 is 681,578. That is an increase of 8,388 students from 673,190 in 2012-13 enrollment and 27,036 more than in 2009, five years ago.

State Department of Education Seeks $6.5 Million in Supplemental Funding


OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 21, 2014) — Due to the sharply rising cost of providing healthcare coverage for school employees, the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is requesting a supplemental budget appropriation of $6,540,794 to fully fund its Flexible Benefits Allowance (FBA) in the current fiscal year.

The FBA provides funding to districts to cover the cost of insuring full-time staff and support personnel. Based on data certified Jan. 1, school districts have added more than 1,300 employees eligible for state-funded insurance since October 2012.

Enrollment in Oklahoma schools increases sharply in past five years

annual enrollment 2008-2014 chart of Oklahoma Public schoolsOKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 14, 2014) — The number of students enrolled in Oklahoma public schools has increased for the 2013-14 school year. The total enrollment of students attending public schools in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 is 681,578. That is an increase of 8,388 students from 673,190 in 2012-13 enrollment and 27,036 more than in 2009, five years ago.

Seeing the benefit of Advanced Placement

The College Board’s 2014 Advanced Placement (AP) Report to the Nation showed some encouraging signs for Oklahoma.

Among its findings, I was pleased to see that in May of last year, Oklahoma high school students achieved a score of 3 or higher on more than 13,000 AP exams. If each of these scores resulted in three college credits earned at state universities, students and their families stood to save almost $9 million in tuition.

OKTOY Blog: Why Music Education? | Beyond the Bubbles

 
“Music is the universal language of mankind.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

As we enter national Music in Our Schools Month, the National Association for Music Education is embarking on an exciting campaign called Broader Minded, which carries the slogan, “Students aren’t standardized. Think beyond the bubbles.”

TLE March Newsletter | Student Learning Objectives Approved

The State Board of Education approved the guidelines that district policies must follow in determining the Student Academic Growth (SAG) component of TLE evaluations for teachers and leaders of non-tested grades and subjects (NTGS).  Read the full newsletter

 

 

Time on Tests

By Janet Barresi, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Thursday, March 13, 2013

I hear from educators and parents throughout the state about “teaching to the test” and time spent on testing. I agree teachers should spend more time teaching and students should spend less time worrying about tests.

But I want to clear up some myths.

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