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Oklahoma School Security Institute Launches Tip Line for Schools

OKLAHOMA CITY – July 24, 2014 – The Oklahoma School Security Institute (OSSI) recently launched www.tipline.ok.gov where reports of activity that may compromise school security can be submitted and then disseminated to appropriate parties for additional investigation.

Oklahoma requests extension of education flexibility waiver

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) today filed a request with the U.S. Department of Education for a one-year extension of the flexibility waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind).

One condition of the waiver, first granted to Oklahoma in 2012, stipulates that academic standards for English and math must be college- and career-ready.

21st Century Community Learning Center Grantees Announced

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi recently approved awarding almost $3.1 million in 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grants to 13 recipients for a five-year period beginning with the 2014-15 school year.

Supt. Barresi announces 5th- and 8th-grade writing scores will not be part of A-F this year

OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 28, 2014) — In an abundance of caution, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi announced today the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) will withhold fifth- and eighth-grade writing scores from the calculation for the overall grade of this year’s A-F school report cards.

State Department of Education to hold PASS Plus Academies For teachers throughout state

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) will host professional development sessions statewide this fall regarding Priority Academic Student Skills, or PASS. Under recently signed legislation, Oklahoma’s PreK-12 teachers must use PASS standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics through 2016. The state will develop new and stronger academic standards to go into effect in 2016.

Workshops to help educators transition to new science standards

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is offering free two-day regional workshops to support science teachers and school district administrators as they transition to new Oklahoma Academic Standards (OAS) for Science.

The new standards were adopted by the State Board of Education and signed into rule by Gov. Fallin this summer.  They replace Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) science standards. State science assessments will not be aligned to these new standards, however, until 2016-2017 so that districts and teachers have time to transition.

Okla. teachers find empowerment, become statewide leaders through OSDE's OKMath/OKSci leadership initiative

OKSCIENCE OKMATHOKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 12, 2014) – Shelena Thomas discovered a problem shortly after she stepped into the old laboratory at Tishomingo High School five years ago. She was just starting her new job teaching chemistry in a newly constructed classroom, but the old lab it replaced still contained vials of old, sometimes unstable chemicals that had been collected over several decades.

Tahlequah math teacher named 2015 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year at State Fair ceremony

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 16, 2014) – Jason Scott Proctor, 35, a Tahlequah high school math teacher, has been named the 2015 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi made the announcement today during a ceremony at the Oklahoma State Fair.

A-F Report Cards released for Oklahoma schools

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) today released the 2014 A-F Report Card for public schools statewide. In this third year of A-F, more than one-third of Oklahoma schools improved their overall score, with 289 receiving A’s. Unfortunately, this year also saw a rise in F schools with 200, or 11 percent, as compared to 163 in 2013.

The 2014 grades are available at http://afreportcards.ok.gov.

Rising Star teachers named at Teacher of the Year ceremony

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 16, 2014) — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi recognized six Rising Star Teachers from across the state during today’s state Teacher of the Year ceremony at the Oklahoma State Fair. Rising Stars are teachers who show an amazing amount of promise in their profession. They are selected in addition to the 12 finalists for the state Teacher of the Year.

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