April 30, 2015
November 14, 2017
Oklahoma schools are held accountable differently under ESSA. While “the 95 percent attendance rate” under previous federal and state statutes “made schools focus on the number of students who showed up each day, it failed to draw any attention, or offer help, to the number...
October 26, 2017
In Oklahoma, advocates for students with disabilities, students of color, and low-income students are concerned about the state’s ESSA plan; while some “had recommendations adopted in the final plan,” others “say their concerns were brushed aside.”
October 17, 2017
Since April 3, a number of states have submitted their ESSA implementation plans to the U.S. Dept. of Education. Here’s a compiled list of the state plan submissions and the most recent draft versions states have released so far. Approved Plans Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Connecticut:...
September 18, 2017
Oklahoma has sent its ESSA plan to the U.S. Dept. of Education. Referred to as “Oklahoma Edge,” the plan “takes a more student-by-student approach to public education, including a goal of developing an individualized career academic plan for every student by 2025.”
July 15, 2017
The Oklahoma State Department of Education released its third draft ESSA plan for public review. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister stated, “We are intentionally raising the bar for public education with this plan,” and “we are grateful to the many Oklahomans who already have...
June 10, 2017
Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister is encouraging local leaders to review and comment on the state’s ESSA plan. She stated, “We are grateful to the many Oklahomans who already have provided meaningful input. It confirms that a diverse and rigorous education is...
June 2, 2017
The Oklahoma Dept. of Education released its draft ESSA plan for public review and comment. Stakeholders have until June 30 to submit feedback to the department. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister stated, “Hearing from so many Oklahomans who care deeply about their public...
December 7, 2016
The Oklahoma Dept. of Education released a proposal for changing the state’s A-F grading system. The new grading system will be “stronger and more reliable” and “fall in line” with ESSA.
December 6, 2016
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister continued her statewide ESSA town hall series. Over 70 community members attended her fifth session on Monday night where Hofmeister assured attendees their “voice matters,” and the Department of Public Instruction is “going to be taking note to...
November 22, 2016
The Oklahoma Dept. of Education released a draft of the state’s ESSA state plan. The plan will be available for public comment until the December Board of Education meeting.
October 6, 2016
Led by Oklahoma State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, the state Dept. of Education will begin a series of town hall meetings to “gather input as the agency creates a comprehensive state plan to bolster academic performance.” The meetings will start October 18th and run into December.
August 26, 2016
In a web address, Oklahoma State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister invites Oklahomans to get involved in ESSA decision making by completing a survey. “I would like to invite you to be part of a vital process, one that will shape the educational experience and outcomes of...
July 6, 2016
The Oklahoma Policy Institute published a piece by Kylie Thomas, an intern at the Institute, which discusses the impacts of ESSA on the state. She writes, “Under ESSA, Oklahoma has both more flexibility and more responsibility to develop a school accountability system that accurately assesses...
May 16, 2016
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s primers include individual state by state accountability system fact sheets, which detail each state’s current accountability system, what could change under ESSA, and what to be asking state leaders. See details about your state here.