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April 30, 2015

OK: Arts Council Urges Oklahomans to Re-Prioritize Arts Education After Pandemic

April 4, 2021

Darlene Parman, chair of the Oklahoma Arts Council, is urging students, teachers, and families to call for fully funded arts education from state lawmakers. She asserts s that arts education represents a key tool in fighting rising student mental health needs in a time of...

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Oklahoma Rises to Top 3 in Pre-K Access

April 30, 2020

According to this new report from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), Oklahoma now ranks third in the nation on access to pre-K education for 4-year-olds. Perhaps this shouldn’t come as a surprise: “Oklahoma’s commitment to early education is evident in the state’s...

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Oklahoma Schools Setting New Academic Standards

April 24, 2019

Erika Stanish reports for KOKH FOX25 that “Oklahoma schools are setting new academic standards for their students and teachers.” She also notes that the state was “recently rated in the top eight states for the nation’s best pre-K programs and early education group,” as well...

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Oklahoma Approves New School Report Cards

March 1, 2019

According to the Associated Press, the Oklahoma State Board of Education has “approved the release of new A-F report cards for public schools that have previously been criticized by state educators for having flawed metrics.” State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister says the new grading system “was...

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Oklahoma’s School Report Cards Have “New Focus”

November 23, 2018

Jennifer Palmer reports for the Enid News & Eagle that after “a two-year hiatus,” Oklahoma’s school report cards are back. But now they have a new focus: “The school accountability tool underwent a significant revamp” under ESSA “and now will include student test scores, a...

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Oklahoma’s Plan Approved

July 6, 2018

The US Department of Education officially approved the state’s ESSA implementation plan, “Oklahoma Edge.” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister commented, “This plan is so much more than the charts, graphs and technical language that are routine components of official policy whitepapers,” rather, “Oklahoma...

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Details Needed on Oklahoma’s ESSA Plan

December 28, 2017

According to The Oklahoman, the Education Department has requested “additional details and clarifications before giving” Oklahoma’s ESSA plan final approval. The state must resubmit its updated plan by January 8.

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Oklahoma Schools Facing Different Accountability Pressures Under ESSA

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...

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OK Stakeholders Express Concern About State’s ESSA Plan

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.”

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

October 17, 2017

Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...

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OK Submits its ESSA Plan

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.”

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OK Dept. of Ed Releases Third Draft ESSA Plan

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...

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OK State Superintendent of Public Instruction Encourages Feedback on State’s ESSA Plan

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...

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OK Dept. of Ed Releases Draft ESSA Plan for Review

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...

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OK Releases Proposal For Changing State’s A-F Grading System

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.

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OK Town Hall Meetings to Gather Public Imput Continue

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...

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OK Releases Draft of State’s ESSA Plan, Welcomes Public Comment

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.

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OK to Begin Town Hall Meetings to Gather Pubic Input

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.

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OK State Superintendent Invites Oklahomans to Get Involved in ESSA Decision Making

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...

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Oklahoma Policy Institute Discusses Impacts of ESSA on State

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...

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Releases State ESSA Primers

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.

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