2011 was a particularly transformative year for education in Oklahoma – from the date that Janet Barresi took office as the first new State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 20 years to the sweeping suite of education reforms passed by the state Legislature.
Superintendent Janet Barresi celebrates her first year in office by looking toward implementation of reforms via her C³ plan – a plan to continue work with all stakeholders to assure that each student in the state is college, career and citizen ready by the year 2020.
Choice is good for children, whether it be public, charter, digital or non-public schools. Every parent should have the choice to select the school that best meets the needs of their child, regardless of address or income level.
Oklahoma is one of the first states in the nation to gain flexibility from federal restrictions under No Child Left Behind (NCLB). This is great news, as it means schools will be able to more easily account for growth and progress within subgroups, rather than be penalized under the “one-size-fits-all” criteria of NCLB.
The importance of an A-F School Grading System is in that it will provide greater transparency for our schools and will draw more parental and community involvement. It is evident that schools that have higher levels of parent and community involvement have better-performing educators and better-prepared students.
Just in time for spring break, prom and the end of the school year, the State Department of Education and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services announces a partnership to offer AlcoholEdu free to all high schools in the state.