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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.

Superintendent Barresi joins educators in opposing proposal to weaken social studies, U.S. history instruction

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 15, 2014) — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi and various educators around Oklahoma and across the country are expressing concerns that proposed state legislation would erase Oklahoma’s ability to measure student knowledge of social studies, geography and a significant portion of U.S. history.

Senate Bill 1654 seeks to eliminate state assessments on social studies in grades five and eight, as well as geography in grade seven. The seventh-grade world geography test is the only time students are currently tested on geographic knowledge.

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.

State Superintendent Barresi Congratulates 2014 Academic Scholars

Oklahoma State Superintendent Janet Barresi and the State Board of Education designated 2,839 graduating seniors from the class of 2014 as Oklahoma Academic Scholars.

Schools where the seniors attend were mailed certificates and gold seals to be affixed to the graduates’ diplomas.

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.”

Barresi opposes renewal of contract with testing vendor

 

Some school districts will resume testing Tuesday

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 21, 2014) — In the wake of thousands of disruptions in online assessments today, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi said she will recommend the State Board of Education not renew the contract of testing vendor CTB/McGraw-Hill for the next fiscal year.

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