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Supt. Hofmeister praises Senate, House committees for passage of bills to reduce excessive testing

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 24, 2015) — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister lauded both the House and Senate Education Committees for recently approving bills aimed at reducing seven end-of-instruction (EOI) exams.

The test-reduction measures — Senate Bill 707, authored by state Sen. John Ford, and House Bill 1272, authored by state Rep. Dennis Casey — direct the State Board of Education to develop recommendations for high school graduation requirements, one or more assessments that colleges and universities utilize to determine college-readiness.

TLE Commission approves recommendations to strengthen evaluations

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 19, 2015) — The Teacher & Leader Effectiveness (TLE) Commission today voted unanimously to approve several recommended changes in an effort to have a more valid and reliable framework for teacher and leader evaluation.

Key recommendations include delaying implementation of TLE’s quantitative component for two years and eliminating the SLOs (Student Learning Objectives) / SOOs (Student Outcome Objectives) as a proxy for Value-Added Models (VAMs).

TIME CHANGE for State Board of Education, Academic Standards Steering Committee meetings today

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 16, 2015) — Due to inclement weather this morning and the delayed opening of certain government buildings as a result, the Oklahoma Academic Standards Steering Committee meeting and special meeting of the State Board of Education originally scheduled for 8:30 a.m. have been moved to 11 a.m. today.

Location remains in the boardroom of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Ste, 200, 655 Research Parkway, Oklahoma City.

Academic standards steering committee to hear from national experts on developing standards Feb. 16-17

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 12, 2015) — The steering committee that will determine development of the K-12 academic standards will meet Monday to hear from a trio of experts on the subject.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Suite 200, 655 Research Parkway in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Academic Standards Steering Committee meets again at 9 a.m. Tuesday to discuss the experts’ presentations and begin developing Oklahoma’s standards-writing process.

OKTOY Blog: How do you measure success?

“Trying to do your best, learning about your limits, and then trying to extend them—this is the proper perspective for a leader to have. As teachers and coaches, we should remember that when mere winning is our goal, we are doomed to disappointment and failure. But when our goal is to try to do our best, when our focus is on preparation and sacrifice and effort—instead of on numbers on the scoreboard—we will never lose.” –Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University Basketball

Supt. Hofmeister applauds US Department of Education approval of waiver to eliminate double-testing

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 10, 2015) — At the request of the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Education today approved that middle school students testing in Algebra I, Algebra II or Geometry are no longer required to also take the grade-level math assessment for middle school.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said this decision, which applies to the 2014-15 school year, eliminates double-testing for some students in the subject of mathematics.

'Capacity review’ of State Department of Education aims to improve meeting needs of Oklahoma students

a focus group of SDE's capacity review

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 10, 2015) — As part of a comprehensive effort by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister to strengthen the work and mission of the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE), education management experts are in Oklahoma City today and tomorrow for a “capacity review” of the agency.

Supt. Hofmeister eliminates field tests for this year's state writing exams

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 7, 2015) — Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister announced today that the Oklahoma State Department of Education is eliminating field testing on this year’s state writing assessments. The decision will free up valuable time for more classroom instruction.

Since taking office, Supt. Hofmeister has been studying options to relieve excessive testing. Before taking action, she received assurances from testing vendor Measured Progress that eliminating the field tests will have no negative consequences.

Supt. Hofmeister names Dr. Cindy Koss to State Department of Education leadership team

Cindy KossOKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 6, 2015) — Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister today named a longtime educator to her leadership team, as Cindy Koss, Ed. D., becomes deputy superintendent of academic performance and planning at the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE)

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