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Supt. Hofmeister applauds Gov. Fallin for signing legislation to improve education


 

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 3, 2015) — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister today praised Gov. Fallin on her signing of several bills focused on improving public education in Oklahoma.

Among the legislation is Senate Bill 630, which extends the use of reading teams under the Reading Sufficiency Act through the next three school years. These teams — which include a child’s parent or guardian, current teacher, future teacher and reading specialist — make recommendations on whether a third-grader who scored 

“Unsatisfactory” on the reading test would be promoted to the next grade or retained for individualized remediation. Also under SB 630, beginning in the 2016-17 school year, third-graders will need to score a “Proficient” or “Advanced” to move on to fourth grade, as opposed to the current bar of “Limited Knowledge.”

The Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE) evaluation system is the subject of SB 706. The bill requires full implementation of TLE by the 2016-17 school year with full implmentation for the purposes of employment starting in 2017-18. It also makes several modifications recommended by the TLE Commission.

Another bill signed today, SB 711, improves student safety by requiring that school administrators notify the State Board of Education when a teacher is dismissed or resigns for accusations that are sexual in nature and could form the basis of criminal charges. Previously, school districts faced potential liability for communicating employment information with the Oklahoma State Department of Education, which meant a teacher could simply resign and move to teach in another district. 

The A-F School Report Card is addressed in House Bill 1823. It directs the State Board of Education to study the controversial evaluation system and make recommendations to the Legislature on how it can be improved.

“I thank Gov. Fallin for signing these bills that will enhance Oklahoma’s quality of public education and ensure a more reliable system of accountability,” Hofmeister said. 

“Oklahoma students face a number of serious challenges that won’t be remedied overnight. But these measures represent important progress, and I appreciate the hard work, leadership and commitment to education shown by Gov. Fallin and the Oklahoma State Legislature.”

 

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Last updated on June 8, 2015