State education plan goes to USDE

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) has submitted its comprehensive plan for public education to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) for review and approval.

The plan outlines OSDE’s 8-Year Strategic Plan to provide Oklahoma students with a competitive edge.

As part of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), all state education agencies must submit a plan regarding their use of federal education dollars. Under ESSA, the federal mandates of No Child Left Behind have been reduced to allow greater flexibility and innovation on the part of state and local education.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said the OSDE sought to develop a meaningful state plan.

Oklahoma Edge outlines six measurable goals to achieve by 2025:

  • Score among the top 20 highest-performing states on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) – otherwise known as “the nation’s report card” – in all subjects for fourth grade and eighth grade.
  • Reduce by 50 percent the need for mathematics and English language arts remediation after high school.
  • Rank among the top 10 states with the highest graduation rate for students in four-, five- and six-year cohorts.
  • Ensure that 100 percent of students in grades 6 through 12 develop a useful and meaningful Individualized Career Academic Plan (ICAP).
  • Align early childhood education and learning foundations to ensure at least 75 percent of students are “ready to read” upon kindergarten entry.
  • Increase student access to effective teachers, thereby reducing the need for emergency-certified teachers by 95 percent.

OSDE’s shifted focus to an individualized approach includes these key initiatives:

  • Increase access to child nutrition.
  • Leverage out-of-school time to address students’ needs and to engage family and community.
  • Increase identification of gifted and talented minority students.
  • Engage in support for students of incarcerated parents.
  • Apply preventive measures for teachers who may become ineffective.
  • Recognize schools for high-quality curricular and extra-curricular programs.