Supt. Barresi comments
On U.S. Chamber's 'Leaders & Laggards' report
OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 11, 2014) – Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi issued the following statement today after the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released its "Leaders & Laggards" report, an annual state-by-state report card on educational effectiveness.
“The Leaders & Laggards report
is yet another indicator that Oklahoma’s public education system is in dire
trouble. It would be tempting to label this a ‘wake-up call,’ except that alarm
bells have been going off for many years.
“Oklahoma is among a handful
of states that received an F in both academic achievement and academic
achievement in low-income and minority students. It is clear, then, that we are
doing a disservice to far too many students regardless of their socioeconomic
status. This is a problem that affects us all.
“Unfortunately, many of our
reforms have been watered down or weather constant attacks from defenders of
the status quo. Our parents and students deserve better — much better. That
means accountability, school choice and a continued focus on improved academic
standards and proficiency in reading by third grade.
“We must not defer to
mediocrity. This report is more evidence that PASS fails. It is beyond me why
we are taking so much time reviewing the Priority Academic Student Skills,
which we left behind in 2010.
“Oklahoma must move on and
begin the process of writing rigorous academic standards that our children need