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Education
3:44 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Oklahoma's No Child Left Behind Waiver Reinstated

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The U.S. Department of Education announced today it is reinstating Oklahoma’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Flexibility Waiver for the 2014-15 school year.

The NCLB waiver was pulled in August following the repeal of Common Core academic standards by state legislators. At the time, Assistant Education Secretary Deborah Delisle told Oklahoma officials they could "no longer demonstrate that the state's standards are college- and career-ready standards."

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Education
3:46 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Common Core Reading: The High Achievers

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Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 1:29 pm

Part 2 in a four-part series on reading in the Common Core era.

Linnea Wolters was prepared to hate the Common Core State Standards.

She taught fifth grade at a low-income school in Reno, Nev., where, she says, there was always some new plan to improve things. And none of it added up to good education. But, after leading her class through a Core-aligned lesson — a close reading of Emma Lazarus' sonnet "The New Colossus" — she was intrigued, especially by the way different students reacted to the process.

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Education
7:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Getting Ready for Common Core's Replacement

Oklahoma representatives are trying to find a replacement for the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

KOSU's Danniel Parker reports on last week's House Education Committee meeting.

House Bill 3399 made Oklahoma one of ten states not to use Common Core educational standards. A committee led by State Rep. Ann Coody is helping create a new standard for the state, set to begin in 2016.

Director of Secondary Education for Stillwater Schools Walter Howell says this raises some issues and leaves some teachers in a scramble

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Intelligence Squared U.S.
11:17 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Debate: Should Schools Embrace The Common Core?

Education experts faced off on the motion "Embrace the Common Core" at an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate, moderated by John Donvan (center).
Samuel LaHoz Intelligence Squared U.S.

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 2:10 pm

More than 40 states have adopted the Common Core State Standards, new national academic benchmarks in reading and math. But the Common Core has become the center of a highly contentious debate nationwide.

Proponents say the Common Core was designed to ensure that children, no matter where they go to school, are prepared to succeed in college or the workplace upon graduation. Opponents argue that many of the standards are not age- or development-appropriate, and that they constrain the ability of teachers to adjust their teaching to their individual classrooms.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri September 5, 2014

No Child Left Behind Waivers: This Week in Oklahoma Politics

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about Oklahoma schools dealing with the fallout of Common Core's repeal, Governor Fallin takes two other Republicans with her on the campaign trail, Congressman James Lankford tours Central American countries and the Republican Party defends a fellow lawmaker's statements on Facebook against American Muslims.

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Education
5:53 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Federal Education Officials: Oklahoma Educational Standards Not Good Enough

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Federal education officials say Oklahoma's public school standards aren't sufficiently preparing students for college or careers and will pull a waiver that lets the state bypass some provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.

The U.S. Department of Education sent a letter to the state Thursday saying that while Oklahoma had benefited from the flexibility, it couldn't justify an extension.

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On Tap
10:56 am
Thu August 28, 2014

KOSU's On Tap for August Focuses on Education

Brett Dickerson

The August discussion of KOSU's On Tap at Picasso's Cafe in Oklahoma City's Paseo District focused on education.

This comes after the State Board of Education formed a steering committee to design a process to create new school standards following the repeal of Common Core.

KOSU's Michael Cross moderates the discussion with panelists Stillwater Superintendent Ann Caine and Joel Robison, Superintendent Janet Barresi's Chief of Staff.

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Education
7:40 am
Wed August 27, 2014

The Future of School Standards in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma State Board of Education is meeting today to discuss the future of standards after the legislature repealed Common Core last May.

The board twice voted to delay the process in meetings this summer, but a vote is expected today to move the plan forward.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports in the third part of our series on education standards in Oklahoma.

After a lengthy discussion at last month’s school board meeting, members voted five to one to table the new standards process till the next meeting.

“The Chair votes 'No'.”

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Education
7:40 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Schools Deal With Fallout Following Death of Common Core

Education standards in Oklahoma remain in a holding pattern with the death of Common Core by the state legislature in May.

House Bill 3399 required all schools return to Priority Academic Student Skills Standards, also known as PASS, until new standards could be developed.

But, as KOSU’s Michael Cross shows us, not all schools are choosing to throw Common Core into the dumpster.


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Education
11:02 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Where Did Education Standards Come From?

1983 Education Reform Report
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Until recently, outside of education, no one really cared about education standards.  Few people outside of education really thought much about it before the Common Core controversy.  But where did these standards come from, and why do we have them?


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