In spite of all the debates, last-minute deals, and one impassioned speech imploring the legislature to recognize the hard work of Oklahoma educators, the new Oklahoma Academic Standards will slip into approval
tomorrow Monday after legislators failed to consider resolutions by the opposing chamber.
House Bill 3399 established the process in 2014 by which the Oklahoma State Department of Education and state educators worked to create the standards. It called for approval or disapproval (in whole or in part) by both chambers within 30 days of receiving the standards; failing that, the standards would receive automatic approval. The 30-day deadline is Thursday; the Senate adjourned for the week today.
The Oklahoma House and Senate each passed separate resolutions on Monday approving the newly developed education standards in math and English language arts.
A potential showdown in the Legislature over whether to approve new education standards for math and English fizzled this week at the state Capitol when the House and Senate adjourned for the week without considering a final bill.
State Legislature approves new academic standards
Lawmakers approved new Oklahoma academic standards for English language arts and mathematics on Monday. Two joint resolutions approved the standards and will ensure they are implemented quickly, according to a release from Oklahoma State Department of Education. State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister praised both resolutions. “We are grateful to Oklahoma […]
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STATEMENT: House Speaker Comments on Academic Standards
OKLAHOMA CITY – Following is a statement from Speaker of the House Jeffrey W. Hickman on the academic standards submitted to the Legislature for review and approval:
“Over the past two years, significant time and hard work has gone into a process to establish new academic standards for our Oklahoma schools. This process was the result of legislative action two years ago which for the first time in state history brought together common education, CareerTech and higher education to develop new academic standards that are superior to Common Core and PASS. Monday, we finalized language for a resolution with the input of the State Superintendent and the State Board of Education legal counsel to approve the standards with instructions. This approach allowed the board to quickly make any clarifications and revisions with the input of the same reviewers the Department of Education chose to help produce these standards to make sure they can be implemented for the next school year.
“Superintendent Hofmeister shared with our caucus that HJR 1070 gives her and the State Board of Education an opportunity to make revisions which would eliminate any cloud hanging over the new standards upon implementation and we agreed. The deadline to pass HJR 1070 in the Senate is Monday and we believe it should be considered. If no action is taken, any revisions to the new academic standards by the State Board of Education will have to come back to the Legislature for an additional 30-day review process. With passage of HJR 1070, the board can quickly make revisions, submit a report of these changes and not have to come back to the Legislature for approval.”