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."
Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 1:23 pm
"In some places, tests — and preparation for them — are dominating the calendar and culture of schools and causing undue stress for students and educators."
The quote comes not from an angry parent or firebrand school leader but from Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Of course, he's the guy currently in charge of a big chunk of those tests: the No Child Left Behind requirement of annual standardized testing in grades 3-8, plus once during grades 10-12.
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.
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
Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 8:17 pm
For 14-year-old Yashua Cantillano, life in New Orleans is an improvement.
But that's not saying much.
Just three months ago, Yashua was in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, dodging gang members. He says they would drive by his school, guns visible, threatening to kill him, his younger brother — Yashua's whole family.
"We'd hide all day," Yashua says, "and that kept us from going to school."
After crossing the U.S. border illegally, he came to New Orleans and ultimately enrolled at Carver Prep, a small charter school on the city's east side.