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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.

The Oklahoma State Board of Education is meeting today to discuss the future of standards after the legislature repealed Common Core last May.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

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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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?


Common Core, high stakes testing, A to F grading of schools, teacher shortages… it’s hard to sort out what is going on in Oklahoma schools, and we’re in the middle of an election that is likely to change the direction again.  Join us for On Tap, where we’ll discuss with teachers, administrators and the Oklahoma Department of Education what has happened and what we can expect in our kids’ classrooms next.

The event starts at 6 p.m., Wednesday, August 27 at Picasso Café located at 3009 Paseo Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73103.

Celebrities are becoming a prominent fixture in the debate over K-12 education.

This week Whoopi Goldberg used her platform on ABC's The View to speak out against teacher tenure.

Education is historically considered to be the thing that levels the playing field, capable of lifting up the less advantaged and improving their chances for success.

"Play by the rules, work hard, apply yourself and do well in school, and that will open doors for you," is how Karl Alexander, a Johns Hopkins University sociologist, puts it.

But a study published in June suggests that the things that really make the difference — between prison and college, success and failure, sometimes even life and death — are money and family.

Adrienne Keene is a post-doctoral researcher at Brown University, the author of the popular blog "Native Appropriations" and a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

A Bird's-Eye View On Common Core Across The Country

Jul 23, 2014

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For more on the state of play nationwide for the Common Core we're joined by Cory Turner from the NPR Ed Team. Hey there, Cory.

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Classes will be held once a week in Oklahoma City and Stillwater.

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