Unless otherwise noted, studies are assigned to the House or Senate Education committees.
Related to teachers:
14-046, requested by Rep. Ann Coody, will explore preparing teachers and prospective teachers to recognize symptoms of dyslexia in students including the “role of higher education teacher preparation programs and professional development.”
Related to Common Core, academic standards, and testing:
14-049, requested by Rep. Coody, will consider the question, “After Common Core – what next? A study of the possible solutions in developing and implementing rigorous educational standards for Oklahoma’s students.”
14-025, requested by Rep. Leslie Osborn, was combined with 14-049 will study state and federal student testing policies. Specific issues to be reviewed include: “duplicative testing, testing alignment status, costs, use of tests to evaluate teacher effectiveness, testing special education students, test results as a true criterion result, possible other testing options to meet career & academic guidelines, testing vendors and accountability on the product.”
14-059, requested by Rep. Coody, was combined with 14-049 and will explore the “impact of HB3399 on Oklahoma’s schools and steps which should be taken to mitigate the concerns of Oklahoma’s schools, administrators, teachers and students. Costs and process for writing new standards.”
14-064, requested by Rep. David Brumbaugh, was combined with 14-049 and seeks to study common education testing.
14-092 requested by Reps. Joe Dorman, Donnie Condit, Curtis McDaniel and Dustin Roberts was combined with 14-049 and seeks to study “Education Standards, Assessments and Testing” including “Developing Age-appropriate Oklahoma Standards, Reviewing Standards Associated with Common Core, NCLB, and other Programs; What is Necessary to keep NCLB Waiver.”
14-076 requested by Rep. Jadine Nollan will study “The Transferability of High School Credits between Schools and its Effects on Student Graduation. The study would examine the standards and procedures for which public high schools accept transfer credits, as many transfer students fail to graduate on time due to insufficient credits. A review of the different graduation credit requirements by school district should be included in the study.”
14-068 requested by Rep. Coody will study “Proper Transition from K-12 to Higher Education / Career Technology” including “End of Instruction Exams” and “Alabama’s Experiment with ACT Aspire.” Assigned to the House Higher Education Committee.
14-070 requested by Rep. Nollan will study the “Implications of High-Stakes Testing for Students with Learning Disabilities. The study would address the most significant risks posed by high-stakes for students with learning disabilities, as well as the barriers to success on high-stakes testing for students with learning disabilities.”
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