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2014 Interim Studies on Education

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July 31, 2014

Unless otherwise noted, studies are assigned to the House or Senate Education committees.

House Studies

Related to teachers:

14-046, requested by Rep. Ann Coody, will explore preparing teachers and prospective teachers to recognize symptoms of dyslexia in students including the “role of higher education teacher preparation programs and professional development.”

Related to Common Core, academic standards, and testing:

14-049, requested by Rep. Coody, will consider the question, “After Common Core – what next? A study of the possible solutions in developing and implementing rigorous educational standards for Oklahoma’s students.”

14-025, requested by Rep. Leslie Osborn, was combined with 14-049 will study state and federal student testing policies. Specific issues to be reviewed include: “duplicative testing, testing alignment status, costs, use of tests to evaluate teacher effectiveness, testing special education students, test results as a true criterion result, possible other testing options to meet career & academic guidelines, testing vendors and accountability on the product.”

14-059, requested by Rep. Coody, was combined with 14-049 and will explore the “impact of HB3399 on Oklahoma’s schools and steps which should be taken to mitigate the concerns of Oklahoma’s schools, administrators, teachers and students.  Costs and process for writing new standards.”

14-064, requested by Rep. David Brumbaugh, was combined with 14-049 and seeks to study common education testing.

14-092 requested by Reps. Joe Dorman, Donnie Condit, Curtis McDaniel and Dustin Roberts was combined with 14-049 and seeks to study “Education Standards, Assessments and Testing” including “Developing Age-appropriate Oklahoma Standards, Reviewing Standards Associated with Common Core, NCLB, and other Programs; What is Necessary to keep NCLB Waiver.”

14-076 requested by Rep. Jadine Nollan will study “The Transferability of High School Credits between Schools and its Effects on Student Graduation. The study would examine the standards and procedures for which public high schools accept transfer credits, as many transfer students fail to graduate on time due to insufficient credits.  A review of the different graduation credit requirements by school district should be included in the study.”

14-068 requested by Rep. Coody will study “Proper Transition from K-12 to Higher Education / Career Technology” including “End of Instruction Exams” and “Alabama’s Experiment with ACT Aspire.” Assigned to the House Higher Education Committee.

14-070 requested by Rep. Nollan will study the “Implications of High-Stakes Testing for Students with Learning Disabilities. The study would address the most significant risks posed by high-stakes for students with learning disabilities, as well as the barriers to success on high-stakes testing for students with learning disabilities.”

Related to education funding:

14-004 requested by Rep. Dan Fisher will study “Funding for schools that find themselves surrounded by federal property and thus have their tax base greatly reduced and suffer from reduced operating funds to no fault of their own. According to the study proposal, the issue affects 12 districts or school sites. Assigned to the Appropriations and Budget Committee.

14-089 requested by Reps. Joe Dorman, Donnie Condit, Curtis McDaniel and Dustin Roberts was combined with 14-004 and seeks to study “Education Funding for Per Pupil Spending and Adequate Resources for Classrooms.”

14-067 requested by Rep. Coody will study the “State Funding Formula Weights for Special Education. What state/federal legal hurdles stand in the way of necessary data collection? How would Oklahoma update its school funding formula for special education weighting?” Assigned to the Appropriations and Budget Committee.

Related to schools:

14-016 requested by Rep. Lee Denney will explore the future of K8 school districts.

14-069 requested by Rep. Coody will study the “Effectiveness of Oklahoma’s Public Charter Schools” and “What effective strategies are taking place in Oklahoma’s public charter schools that can be replicated in the k-12 setting?”

Senate Studies 

Related to reading assessments:

14-05, requested by Sen. Gary Stanisawski, will study individual education plans (IEPs) in relation to the Reading Sufficiency Act.

14-24, requested by Sen. Stanislawski, will study methods to assist ELL students in passing the 3rd grade reading assessment.

14-36, requested by Sens. Ford and Stanislawski, will study the good-cause exemption in the Reading Sufficiency Act and possible modifications to the exemptions.

Relating to school funding:

14-14, requested by Sen. Patrick Anderson, will study the economic impact on state-funded schools of the federal government’s placement of immigrant children in Oklahoma. Assigned to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

14-28, requested by Sen. Kyle Loveless, will study administrative overhead costs in common education. Assigned to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

14-31, requested by Sen. Eddie Fields, creates a joint study on funding sources for common education. Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

14-50, requested by Sen. Randy Bass, will study the implications of and solutions to the funding gap in the Ad Valorem Reimbursement Fund and the reimbursement delays to Oklahoma’s schools. Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Other studies relating to schools:

14-04, requested by Sen. Ron Sharp, will study the possibility of implementing a three-tiered high school transcript/diploma.

14-15, requested by Sen. Anderson, will study ways to improve the accuracy of the A-F grading system used by Oklahoma public schools.

14-22, requested by Sen. Stanislawski, will study the use of interlocal risk pools by schools districts.

14-23, requested by Sen. Stanislawski, will study virtual course selection for students.

14-26, requested by Sen. Rob Standridge, will study discipline measures in relation to behavior outcomes in public schools.

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