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State Department of Education Names New Assistant Superintendent Overseeing Assessments


OKLAHOMA CITY (March 18, 2014) — The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) announced today that Lisa Chandler is the agency’s new assistant superintendent in charge of assessments.

Chandler is a longtime state-level education policy leader with experience in the public and private sectors. From 2003 to 2007, she served as director of student assessment for the Texas Education Agency where she helped oversee the implementation of a new assessment system.

Proposed changes to the state’s Pre-Kindergarten standards open for public comment

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) has posted on the agency’s website the newly proposed draft of the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Pre-Kindergarten.

The draft is available on the OSDE’s Early Childhood and Family Education Webpage at http://www.ok.gov/sde/early-childhood-and-family-education.

OSDE works to ensure testing issues resolved

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) has been working closely with its testing vendors to ensure as many potential issues as possible are resolved before computer-based assessments are administered beginning next month.

Local Mentoring Programs Benefit Students Efforts Highlighted During National Volunteer Week

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 10, 2014) – This week marks National Volunteer Week, which honors the countless people across the nation who offer their time, skill and compassion to help others in need.

When it comes to volunteering to help children, one of the most effective ways to make a big impression is to mentor.

Recipients of State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence Recognized in State Ceremony

State Superintendent Janet Barresi will honor 121 high school seniors from 41 communities Thursday night at the State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence Ceremony at the Scottish Rite Temple in Guthrie.

The students will receive a total of 131 awards.

The State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence recognize high school seniors who have achieved artistic and academic excellence and have contributed service to their communities.

Oklahoma Grades 6-8 and EOI Tests Suspended for the Day

As a result of online testing disruptions for students in grades 6-8 and high school end-of-instruction (EOIs) exams, State Superintendent Janet Barresi has directed testing vendor CTB/McGraw Hill to suspend online testing for today.

“We certainly share in the frustration that students and school districts feel,” Barresi said. “It is of paramount importance that CTB finds the nature of the problem and resolves it as quickly as possible.”

Altus teachers awarded AP Rural Fellows grants

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 28, 2014) – Two Altus School District teachers have been awarded Advanced Placement (AP) grants from The College Board.

Linda Bennett and Jaime Reyna were awarded the AP Rural Fellows grant, a new and competitive grant program that provides scholarships for high school teachers in rural areas of the United States.

Lane Matheson, teacher at Tulsa Memorial, congratulated on international robotics educator award

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 2, 2014) – Lane Matheson, a teacher at Memorial High School and Engineering Academy in Tulsa Public Schools, received a special award for her excellence in teaching at an international high school robotics competition in St. Louis, Mo., last week.

Matheson received the Woodie Flowers Award at the FIRST World Championship. The prize is given every year to one robotics team mentor who uses excellent communications skills to “inspire and empower” about engineering and design.

Supt. Barresi, State Board of Education praise Fort Gibson schools for “virtual classes” on snow days


OKLAHOMA CITY (May 5, 2014) — The Oklahoma State Board of Education recently voted to approve a unique way for Fort Gibson Public Schools to keep school in session on snow days.

The program allows students to submit work from home, engage with teachers and receive credit for a school day when schools are physically closed for inclement weather. With the board’s April 24 approval, the virtual classes will be able to continue.

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