Even though February is a short month, A LOT of stuff is happening in science education. Catch up on the latest, including information about these legislative actions in a special edition Janagram:
House Bill 1706
House Bill 1706 ( proposed committee substitute) calls for the elimination of Grade 5 Science assessment, all Social Studies assessments (grade 5, 7, 8, and high school EOI), as well as high school geometry EOI, and the Arts Assessment process in Grade 3-8.
Senate Bill 1111
This bill creates a new “Education Oversight Board” and moves all student assessment, school data collection (the WAVE), and supporting federal monies to this new agency. The bill requires an outside organization to do a curriculum crosswalk of Oklahoma PASS with the NAEP framework and also eliminates the Grade 5 Social Studies assessment and the Grade 8 U.S. History/ Constitution/ Government assessment.
Senate Bill 766
SB 766 requires the State Department of Education to adopt readiness standards for high school level preparation for middle school students, including standards for math, science and English.
Oklahoma Legislature Home Page
See <http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/> to read the full text of the bills listed above, track a bill, or locate your senator or representative.