Governor Mary Fallin on Friday issued a statement on the Oklahoma State Board of Education’s approval of new state academic standards for English language arts and mathematics. Fallin stated that we have the responsibility and obligation to give teachers and students the tools they need for a quality education.
“I want to thank the thousands of Oklahomans, especially our state’s educators, who took part in the development of the Oklahoma Academic Standards. I sincerely commend all involved for their commitment to providing standards written by Oklahomans for Oklahoma’s students. I look forward to thoughtfully reviewing the Oklahoma Academic Standards and working with the Legislature to approve high quality, college- and career-ready standards to use in our schools.”
The standards will be sent to the state Legislature for further review.
Altus Public Schools Superintendent Roger Hill said, “We encourage our legislature to act quickly to approve the proposed Oklahoma Academic Standards in order for school districts to have ample time to be prepared for the implementation for the 2016-17 school year.”
He went on to say, “The process for the development of the Oklahoma Academic Standards was initiated from start to end with a ‘grass roots’ approach. These new academic standards will ensure our students will be given the best possible opportunity to be prepared for post secondary education or entrance into the workforce. We trust that the new academic standards will best serve the needs of our students in Oklahoma.”
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