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Data Pipeline Project Detailed

In collaboration with the Office of State Finance’s Information Services Division (OSF/ISD), the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA) and the Oklahoma State School Boards Association (OSSBA) – Oklahoma State Department of Education has announced a new partnership with school districts called the “Data Pipeline Project.” The goal of the project is to resolve data collection and 
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reporting challenges districts face, resulting in local and state
data systems that are less expensive, more efficient, produce better data and lead to better outcomes for students. A letter explaining the project and additional documents detailing how districts may participate as well as the scope and timeline for the project are attached below.

TLE Funding Allocations Made

Recently, your district received funding allocations for TLE training. These allocations were calculated using the information that your district provided the State Department of Education via the TLE Selection Survey and/or the TLE Selection Survey Update. Specifically, each district indicated the number of administrators in need of teacher evaluation training as well as the number of administrators in need of leader evaluation training. Districts received $400 per administrator in need of teacher evaluation training and $225 per administrator in need of leader evaluation training. You may review your district’s specific allocation at http://ok.gov/sde/sites/ok.gov.sde/files/TLE-Allocations.pdf. Please note that the TLE funds have been assigned Project Code 308, therefore, these funds may only be spent for TLE training.  If you have any further questions, please contact Alicia Currin-Moore at (405) 522-0282. 

REAC3H Coaches Assist Teachers

Sixty REAC3H Coaches recently took part in intensive training at the State Department of Education and are now assisting classroom teachers throughout Oklahoma. While they will help teachers transition to Oklahoma C3 Standards, including Commom Core Standards in reading and math and state standards in Social Studies, their primary assignment is to help districts assure success in literacy on the third-grade reading assessments. These coaches are offering job-embedded professional development around literacy proficiency and in assisting districts as they implement a vertically aligned system that identifies students struggling in reading as early as possible and assures that a comprehensive intervention strategy is in place. iThis will assure that each student at risk will be tracked by teams of teachers from prekindergarten through third grade. For more information about the coaches or to schedule training for your school, contact Assistant State Superintendent of Instruction Marsha Thompson at 405.521-3361 or marsha.thompson@sde.ok.gov.

Ag Class Qualifies as Fine Arts or Speech Credit

A reminder as school starts: In May, the Oklahoma State Board of Education approved students majoring in agriculture who are enrolled in the course, Communications in Agriculture (code 8022) to use the earned credit to satisfy either the fine arts or speech competency credit required by law. A student may only earn one credit for this course. Therefore, the student must decide at enrollment whether to use the credit to satisfy the fine arts requirement or whether to use the credit as an agricultural credit. If a student elects to use the credit to satisfy the fine arts elective requirement instead of the agricultural credit, the course code would be 4221 – Introduction to Agricultural Communications. Because the course is an elective, an agricultural education instructor with agricultural education certification is qualified to teach the course. This fine arts elective credit for the course Communications in Agriculture/Introduction to Agricultural Communications begins with the 2012-13 school year. Please notify all personnel affected by this change.
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Robotics Grant Applications Available Online

Oklahoma public schools can apply for FIRST Robotics Program grants of up to $5,000 per school to assist in the start up of new teams or to support existing teams. The deadline for submitting an application is 5 p.m. Sept. 24. Click here to get applications and more information about the grants online.
 

PARCC Seeks Feedback

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is seeking feedback from the public on two draft policies related to its next generation assessment system: the PARCC policy for making college-ready determinations in English language arts/literacy and mathematics; and the draft policy-level performance level descriptors (PLDs) and general content-level PLDs for the PARCC assessments. Feedback will be accepted through 5 p.m. Sept. 21. Click here to provide feedback.

Education Law Book Updates Coming Soon

The Education Law Book is going through final edits and will be posted on the State Department of Education's website before the end of the month.

Download SDE's iTunes Mobile App

The Oklahoma State Department of Education has a new, free iTunes app designed for both the iPhone and iPad. Read more.