Board Rules on Additional ACE Appeals
The Board approved recommendations on 12 appeals for waivers from Achieving Classroom Excellence graduation requirements. Of those, a committee appointed by the State Board recommended that approval be granted to three students, two of those based on extenuating circumstances and one based on acceptance to a selective university. The committee recommended that nine appeals be denied and that one appeal be dismissed because a diploma has not yet been denied.
Board Acts to Modify the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Funding Allocation to Districts
The Board also approved a plan to change the allocation to districts for Teacher Leader Effectiveness training for school administrators. The Board approved a plan to fund training for districts based on the number of administrator evaluators provided by each district. Under the previous allocation model, districts would have received training fund based on average daily attendance. The State Department of Education will now distribute $1.5 million across the state to districts based on the new funding allocation.
Board Hears Report on World Languages as Critical Shortage Area
The Board heard a report from Desa Dawson, the State Department's director of world language education, recommending that the state declare world languages instruction a critical shortage area. Dawson reported that about 28,700 Oklahoma students in prekindergarten through eighth grade were in foreign language courses as of 2011. About 58,800 high school students are enrolled in foreign language courses. Both numbers have declined by about 3,000 since 2008. Dawson also outlined a plan for recognition of exemplary high school programs and work to identify model programs at elementary and middle school levels.