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Oklahoma educators and lawmakers disagree over banning social study testing

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma educators are expressing their concerns about the proposed state legislation that would erase Oklahoma’s ability to measure student knowledge of social studies, geography and a significant portion of U.S. History.

According to reports, Senate Bill 1654 seeks to eliminate state assessments on social studies in grades five and eight, as well as geography in grade seven.

This U.S. history end-of-instruction exam would remain in place in high school.  However, that assessment only covers standards that encompass history following the Civil War.

Q&A: State Superintendent Janet Barresi answers your questions

OKLAHOMA CITY – No matter what grade, what district or what age, what happens in our state’s schools is extremely important.

State Superintendent Janet Barresi joined us to answer some of your questions about your concerns.

The new state law that would require third graders to be held back if they don’t pass the state reading test is a concern to many parents.

Superintendent Barresi talked about the new law as well as many other issues on parents’ minds.

UCO & John Marshall High School Finance Academy Offering Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

UCO & John Marshall High School Finance Academy Offering Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The University of Central Oklahoma is offering Volunteer Income Tax Assistance again this year.  UCO students, under the supervision of faculty, prepare tax returns free of charge, including free e-filing.  The income limit is $58,000 for individuals and families.

Location: 100 N. University Dr., Edmond, College of Business, Room 107
Times:  Saturdays, 8 am to 1:30 pm
Tuesdays/Thursdays, 2 pm to 4:30 pm
Closed March 15-22
Last day is April 10

Taxpayers can also file their own federal and state tax returns for free at FreeFile.  FreeFile has email and phone support to answer taxpayer questions.  The income limit is $58,000 for individuals and families.  Taxpayers will need to know their 2012 adjusted gross income to file online, or obtain an electronic filing PIN from the IRS.  See http://busn.uco.edu/freefile for more information.

Your child may not move up to the next grade this year; Here’s why

OKLAHOMA CITY - For the first time, if third grade students don’t score high enough on the reading portion of the test this year, they could be held back.

According to the new standards, third grade students who don’t meet the score requirements and do not qualify for an exemption will not be promoted to the fourth grade.

State Superintendent Janet Barresi is talking about new reading standards for Oklahoma students at the State Capitol today.

These new rules are centered on the Oklahoma Core Curriculum test.

Look for an update on these new rules and our state’s Good Cause Exemptions this afternoon.

Oklahoma Education Association gives ‘F’ grade to Superintendent Barresi

OKLAHOMA CITY — All week long we’ve been talking about the release of the state’s controversial “A through F” report cards for Oklahoma schools.

This afternoon the Oklahoma Education Association is turning the tables, issuing a report card on Janet Barresi, the state superintendent of schools.

That organization recently surveyed more than 4,000 people to find out what they thought about Barresi’s performance.

The votes cast by educators and parents were tallied and according to the OEA the state’s top education leader earned an “F”.

“Finally, our respondents gave Superintendent Barresi a grade of “F” for overall performance, due to her lack of support of public schools, education employees and a lack of inclusion of the education community,” A representative of the OEA said.

UPDATED: Oklahoma Schools Get Their Grade

OKLAHOMA CITY — It’s report card day – not for students, but for every school across the state.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education has released this year’s “A through F” report cards.

The results show many schools are not passing.

However, in the second year of SDE issuing the report cards, 354 schools (20%) received an overall A, compared to 160 in 2012.

There were 499 schools that earned an overall B – 28% of all schools. 472 (26%) received C’s.

That compares to last year’s total of 842 B’s and 594 C’s.

There was also a significant rise in D’s and F’s, with 263 schools getting the former and 163 schools receiving F’s, a combined 24% of schools statewide.

In 2012, the report cards recorded 138 D’s and 10 F’s.

SDE officials say “student achievement” accounts for 50% of the grade.

“Overall student growth” accounts for 25%.

Perkins-Tryon making ‘smart tees’ is ‘What’s Right with Our Schools’

PERKINS, Okla. — We all know there are many good things happening at our schools. NewsChannel 4 shows us a creative way one school is using to inspire students to learn.

We were at Perkins-Tryon Intermediate School in Perkins, Oklahoma.

Inside this school there are some real ‘smartees’ as in smart students wearing smart tee shirts.

At this school, Principal Donna Boles has a special way to encourage students. She creates a tee shirt design with an educational theme on it. She then gives each student a tee shirt to wear to school.

They also get awards, in this case, little fishies, that Boles and her team help iron on to all of the tee-shirts when the students achieve certain goals.

“They get them for subject, attendance…” Boles explains.