OKLAHOMA CITY (June 9, 2014) — For many Oklahoma kids who need help improving their literacy skills, summer break offers an opportunity to slow down and focus on reading. In schools throughout the state, summer reading academies and similar programs are growing in popularity.
“I didn’t ask you because I thought you were busy.” I always follow this heartbreaking comment with reassurance that the reason I am busy is for them, the students. Whether I am typing at my computer, reading a journal, organizing the classroom or rearranging some music, it is all for them. At the height of all of these duties, I most look forward to being “busy” with talking to and working with them.
I remember how terribly heartbreaking it was to read the newspapers or watch the newscasts in the wake of the Moore tornado on May 20 of last year. Each new detail seemed more painful than the one before. Then came the devastating news that seven children had lost their lives when the tornado roared through Plaza Towers Elementary School.
OKLAHOMA CITY (May 13, 2014) – The Oklahoma State Department of Education has launched a new transparency website for the public that houses all school district financial information reported through the Oklahoma Cost Accounting System (OCAS).
16 percent score Unsatisfactory on Oklahoma reading test
OKLAHOMA CITY (May 9, 2014) – About 80 percent of Oklahoma third-graders are eligible to be promoted to fourth-grade based on the state’s reading test scores, according to figures released today to Oklahoma school districts and elementary schools. Sixteen percent of third-graders scored Unsatisfactory but will have two additional opportunities to demonstrate basic reading skills through a student portfolio or an alternative reading assessment provided for under the state’s Reading Sufficiency Act (RSA).
OKLAHOMA CITY (May 7, 2014) – Testing season can be a stressful time for students, but a number of innovative teachers throughout Oklahoma have tapped their creative energies to make the experience fun and interesting for their classes.