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August 30, 2013

Governor’s Council Endorses Common Core

At its latest meeting, the Governor’s Council for Workforce & Economic Development adopted a resolution supporting the implementation of Common Core Standards in Oklahoma classrooms. The Council also received a presentation from Secretary of Science and Technology  Dr. Stephen McKeever on the importance of STEM. Reaches 100,000 Accounts with Resume & Work History, the state's official online job matching system, has reached a critical milestone of participation, with more than 100,000 people registered. Read More

Governor Fallin to Focus on Jobs and Education as Head of NGA

The Oklahoman reports Gov. Mary Fallin will focus on improving education and workforce training during her one-year term as chair of the National Governors Association. Read more about her plan

Oklahoma Education Workforce Shortage Task Force Meets

Several dozen education leaders recently convened for the first meeting of State Superintendent Janet Barresi’s Oklahoma Education Workforce Shortage Task Force.

Classroom teachers, school administrators, legislators and civic leaders from rural, suburban and urban areas from all across the state met to discuss workforce shortage concerns and determine first action steps in addressing the problem of recruiting and retaining the best teachers in the present economy. Read more

ACT Scores Show Increase in Oklahoma Reading Benchmarks

New ACT results show that more Oklahoma graduating seniors are ready for college and career than in previous years.

According to ACT's 2013 Condition of College and Career Readiness report, the percentage of the state's 2013 graduates who met all four benchmarks in English, reading, science and math rose to 23% from 20% the previous two years and from 17% in 2008. The report is based on the results of the 2013 ACT college entrance exam. Read More

Oklahoma Unemployment Rate Up Slightly

Oklahoma’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment lost 2,300 jobs in July. Over the previous 12 months, Oklahoma has added 9,700 jobs. The state’s unemployment rate also increased to 5.3%. Read More

Upcoming Events

• Governor’s Council, 9am: October 4 at OSU-OKC.
• Governor’s Youth Council, 11:30am: October 4 at OSU-OKC.

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