State Regents Certify PASS Standards
October 16, 2014
OEA President Linda Hampton's statement on the Regents' certification of PASS as college and career ready
We are relieved that the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education voted unanimously today to certify the Oklahoma Priority Academic Student Skills Standards (PASS) for English/language arts and math as college and career ready.
Although the Regents made a few recommendations for improving and strengthening PASS, we are hopeful that this process can be expeditious. It is imperative that Oklahoma’s State Department of Education submit an updated No Child Left Behind waiver request for Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility to the U.S. Department of Education as soon as possible. The waiver could free up millions of dollars in federal funding for public education in the state.
It is time for Oklahoma to remove politics from public education and the testing issues and bring the voice of educators and parents back into the mix. Teachers readily accept accountability for student learning when the process is evidence-based, fair and reasonable. In addition, we reiterate that increasing the resources necessary to support student learning is vital to the process, especially since Oklahoma is now dead last in the nation in terms of per-pupil spending and at a time when state class sizes are swelling.
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