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In Oklahoma history, many times it is surprising where a person’s dreams can take them. One little boy’s dreams led to a lifetime of public service.

From Chilocco to Yankee Stadium

      As a little boy, Emmett Seeley always had big dreams. He played baseball every day after his chores were finished and his mother gave him permission. Late in life he became a popular coach of Little League teams in Murray County and, in between, he served his country. Emmett Seeley was a little boy who made his dream come true, then returned home to Oklahoma to fuel the dreams of other little boys.

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Congrats to Guymon schools on OAS Growth


Congratulations to Guymon Public Schools for Oklahoma Academic Standards (OAS) Growth in 2020-21!

 Data from spring benchmark assessments of the Oklahoma Academic Standards (OAS) in reading and math found students in schools using OAS-aligned curriculum and assessments performing better than expected this year despite the pandemic.

At Guymon Public Schools, spring scores at Academy Elementary (Grades 3-4) and North Park Elementary (Grades 5-6) are at or above the statewide average this spring and students posted significant academic growth.

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Buyer Beware: Not All Online Program Claims are Accurate


Buyer Beware: "In fact, out of 10,654 studies included in the What Works Clearinghouse in mid-April, only 188 – less than 2% – concluded that a product had strong or moderate evidence of effectiveness."

From USA Today:

This story about education software was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education.

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Decisions Must Address Local Needs Now

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Decisions being made now must address local needs, learning loss.
by Jan Barrick, CEO, Alpha Plus

Meeting the needs of every student in every class is difficult enough in school – much less, online at home. That said, schools must have distance-learning options available in case the pandemic returns in the fall, which means planning for the 2020-21 school year is at a critical stage.

Educators have long used online tools in the classroom; but that is not the same as teaching and learning in a virtual environment. Few teachers are also “IT people” and even teenagers are not always as “techy” as they seem.

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OSDE: Federal Waiver for 2019-2020 School Assessments


The U.S. Department of Education approved waivers requested by the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) to suspend assessments and Oklahoma School Report Cards for the 2019-20 school year. The waivers mean Oklahoma schools will not administer academic assessments in English language arts, mathematics and science for grades 3-8 or to high school juniors.

Oklahoma Dept. of Education receives federal waiver to halt assessments amid pandemic.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Mar. 20, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Education tonight approved waivers requested by the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) to suspend assessments and Oklahoma School Report Cards for the 2019-20 school year.

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