Oklahoma has been prompted by three national experts to take notes from other states regarding educational standards and methods for improving student achievement. This plea for an improvement in standards, comes in response to the repealing of the Common Core standards.
One member of the Oklahoma Standards Setting Steering Committee – brought on to oversee the formation and execution of new standards in math and English literature departments – Sandra Stotsky, comes with a resume, boasting achievements such as developing one of the country’s strongest educational programs for the Massachusetts Department of Education.
Regarding the students of Massachusetts, Stotsky stated that they were, “about in the middle of the pack (among U.S. students) back in the mid-90s,” and since working on the educational standards within the state, “Massachusetts kids went to the top and stayed there since 2005.”
However, Chancellor Glen Johnson, a committee member, questioned whether or not there is enough time to even develop the new standards before 2016.
In response, Stosky reaffirmed that, “you have plenty of time, if you start with good foundational documents.” Subsequently, Stotsky spent time advising Oklahoma’s higher education members, in order to help them decipher whether or not the current PASS academic standard met federal criteria.
Further opposition came in the form of Don Raleigh, superintendent of Pryor Public Schools, when he expressed concern regarding the politics of creating new education standards.
Jane Schielack, associate dean for assessment and pre-K education at Texas A&M University, countered by commenting on her involvement in seeking out feedback from professional and parent associations; stating that, “if you hit those leadership groups, then it filters down to the people who care.”
This comes as good news and even better timing for those looking to move to the Tulsa area soon, as the school system will be getting a major facelift.