Oklahoma’s Common Education budget will see $91 million in new funds, according to details released at the Capitol Thursday. A $17 million portion of this sum is assigned to supplemental funds for fiscal year 2013, accounting for health insurance, expenditures and ad valorem reimbursement.
State Department of Education staff and testing company CTB/McGraw-Hill are scrambling to remedy a server crash that has disrupted end-of-the-year online testing for thousands of middle to high schoolers across the state.
Norman Public Schools’ general funds, bolstered by a $67,000 grant for Norman High and Norman North high schools, will implement AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) in both schools, introducing a new elective class and teacher support program designed to boost representation of under-served demographics in Advanced Placement classes.
The Norman Board of Education received word Monday evening of more setbacks on the Administrative and Curriculum Services Center remodel, prompting the approval of an amended budget nearly a half-million dollars over the project’s original estimate.
Norman Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Joe Siano has challenged Jenks Superintendent Dr. Kirby Lehman to a wager: The superintendent of the defeated team has to wear the victor’s football jersey at the next regular board of education meeting in his community.
Editorial -- After a brief delay, state school board members sent public schools home with their grade cards Thursday. The outcome was predictable, according to many superintendents. Of more than 1,700 schools rated, there were 160 A grades and nine F grades. Eight of the F grades were delivered to Tulsa schools. Statewide, 1 percent of the schools received an F, 8 percent a D, 34 percent a C, 48 percent B and 9 percent A.
School administrators across the state have been upset over the formula used to calculate A-F report cards for schools.
As a result, the system is being tweaked and those grades are set to be released later this month.
The formula controversy is about setting a benchmark to judge a student’s growth.
The old formula didn’t count the bottom 25 percent of students who had modest or negative growth.
Grades will be revealed when state officially accepts them.
Following a postponement of grade releases from the State Department of Education, the Norman School Board chose not to reveal the district’s grades until they are officially accepted by the State Board of Education on Oct. 25.
With a public debut set for Monday, the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s controversial new A-F school evaluation system has garnered passionate criticism from educators and lawmakers across the state.