Draft of English, math academic standards posted online for public review


 

OKLAHOMA CITY (July 6, 2015) — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister is encouraging interested Oklahomans to review current version of proposed preK-12 academic standards for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.

The drafts are available at sde.ok.gov/sde/newstandards. Readers are also asked to fill out an online survey accompanying the standards.

“Educators from across our state have selflessly devoted their time and expertise to developing these standards under a tight timeframe, and I am grateful for their diligence,” Hofmeister said. “The State of Oklahoma is committed to creating standards that will ensure depth of knowledge and critical thinking, as well as reflecting the feedback of Oklahomans. That is why input from education stakeholders — from teachers to the general public — is critical to this process.”

In addition, the standards will be the subject of town hall meetings to be held 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at the EngageOK Summer Education Event at Oklahoma City’s Cox Convention Center. Math standards will be the subject of a meeting in Ballrooms A and B at the Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel, 10 N. Broadway Ave., while ELA will be the focus of a meeting in Ballrooms D and E. The public is invited to the meetings.

EngageOK is free, although registration is required. People may register onsite at the Cox Convention Center on Tuesday between 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., or during the conference on Wednesday or Thursday.

The conference will also include breakout sessions in which the standards-writing teams’ co-chairs will answer questions about the process.

The new standards in ELA and math were mandated last year by House Bill 3399. Under that measure, the Oklahoma State Department of Education — in collaboration with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, State Board of Career and Technology Education and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce — is tasked with developing ELA and math standards for implementation by the 2016-17 school year.

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Last updated on July 6, 2015