Fallin comments on grades released for Oklahoma schools

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Updated: 11/07/2013 3:19 pm Published: 11/07/2013 3:19 pm

Governor Mary Fallin issued the following statement regarding the release of Oklahoma’s 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress scores.

The scores test the proficiency of fourth and eighth grade students in English and math.

“This year’s NAEP scores represent mixed results for Oklahoma schools. As a state, we are improving. Fourth grade math scores, for instance, are the highest they have been in ten years. That’s great news. We have the hard work of Oklahoma teachers, administrators, parents and students to thank for that forward progress. It’s also an indication that some of our reform efforts are beginning to deliver results.

“Oklahoma continues, however, to fall below the national and the regional average in every category. That is a shortcoming that we must work to correct. Nothing is more important to the individual success of our children, or the overall economic prosperity of our state, than delivering high quality schools that prepare Oklahomans for the workforce and for higher education.

“Moving forward, we must work together to improve our schools. That improvement will require increased rigor in the classroom and a greater focus on literacy, which the implementation of the Reading Sufficiency Act will provide. Greater success will demand the kind of accountability and benchmarks of progress represented by the A-F grading system. And it will rely on a sense of cooperation and shared responsibility between lawmakers, educators, parents and students.

“Oklahoma has great teachers. It is a supportive community that cares about public education and, most of all, our children. I am confident that we will continue our upward trajectory and deliver the education results our students deserve.”

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tobigrady - 11/8/2013 11:20 AM
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She said nothing about the actual report cards. She mentions the NAEP test. That is not a factor at all in the A-F calculation. She is dancing around the issue of the flawed grading system. Educators in this state are now, for the first time in many years, having to take a stand for their kids and what they do. Sandy Garrett may have not been everyone's favorite person but she is missed in education. Her stepping down as state superintendent has forced the rallying of teachers, administrators, school board members and communities to look at what is best for Oklahoma students. Education as a profession is harder than ever. Fewer colleges students are choosing to go into teaching. This rally of educators will be heard. Support and respect education and those who have chosen to dedicate their life to it. Your help is needed by voting in change in the next election. This time we need to vote for the person who will do the best job! It doesn't matter if they are republican or democrat, just as long as they are the best.
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