Oklahoma Senate, House approve new academic standards

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Both the Senate and the House have passed legislation that approves the new English Language Arts and Mathematics standards.

Now, districts will work to implement the new standards for the next school year.

The new standards are in response to lawmakers repealing Common Core two years ago.

Districts will make decisions about their own curriculum.

The superintendent of Mid-Del schools says his staff has been working toward transitioning to the new standards for some time. He says they feel confident the standards will be in place for the next school year.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister praised the standards, which were written by educators and experts.

“These new standards are rigorous, user-friendly and, most importantly, created by Oklahomans for Oklahomans to address the particular needs of our state,” she said. “They strengthen expectations of what our students can achieve and set a high bar to ensure that our schoolchildren will graduate prepared for college or the workforce. I am thankful to every Oklahoman who participated in this process- from those who devoted many months of their time and expertise writing the standards to the thousands of individuals and organizations that provided essential feedback. This was a dynamic, collaborative, transparent process. Oklahoma can truly be proud of these standards.”

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