SDE: ACE data needed, Supp Funding Bill signed, TLE Q&A

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ACE Data Needed

The State Department of Education is asking for your assistance in completing a survey regarding the current number of seniors in your district and their graduation status. Each district should complete one survey. Access this survey.

Please complete the survey by Friday, March 16, 2012. Thank you for your prompt attention to this request. 

If you have any question regarding this survey, please contact Melissa White, Executive Director of Counseling/ACE, Office of Educational Support, at   (405) 521-3549, or via e-mail at Melissa.White@SDE.OK.GOV or Kalee Isenhour at (405) 521-2106, or via e-mail at Kalee.Isenhour@SDE.OK.GOV.

ACE Rules

Read rules approved in 2009 allowing for ACE exceptions and exemptions. These include alternate tests, end-of-course projects, extenuating circumstances and other student provisions.

Supplemental Funding Bill Signed

Governor Mary Fallin today signed into law Senate Bill 1959, which provides $92.5 million in emergency supplemental funding for needs in education and other state services. 

The governor released a statement that said the funding measure "will help to ensure the state of Oklahoma is keeping its commitment to our teachers." 

She also said, "All of these funding measures are both urgent and necessary. I applaud the Legislature for sending this supplemental bill to my desk quickly, and I am happy to be able to sign it into law.”
SB 1959, authored by Sen. Clark Jolley and Rep. Earl Sears, includes $37. 6 million in emergency funding provisions for insurance benefits for teachers and support staff and $14.8 million for National Board Certification bonuses for teachers, school psychologists, speech-language pathologists and audiologists.

Now that the bill has been signed, the state’s Teacher Certification division is working to create an online verification form for school districts and educators to complete to verify those who are eligible to receive the stipend this year. Once forms are completed by all schools, it is estimated that within about 10 business days payments would be made. 


The Oklahoma State Department of Education is hosting a TLE Town Hall Q&A on Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. via  the Title I Videoconference Center.  Register for this event.

One representative from each of the Teacher and Leader frameworks will be available to answer questions you may have regarding the frameworks. 
The State Department is asking that you submit questions you may have regarding any aspect of the qualitative portion of the TLE Evaluation System to by March 26, 2012. 
Questions may be in one of three categories:
1. TLE questions for the state department
2. Questions for a specific framework
3. Questions for all  framework providers
To ensure that your question is addressed appropriately, please categorize your question(s) as stated above, and if appropriate, specify which framework you would like to answer the question.