Tahlequah Daily Press

June 17, 2014

With Common Core demise, TPS awaits what’s next

By DANA EVERSOLE
Special Writer

TAHLEQUAH — With the stroke of the governor’s pen, Common Core State Standards are gone for public schools.

Lisa Presley, Tahlequah I-35 superintendent, told members of the school board at its monthly meeting Monday that the Oklahoma Department of Education dismantled the Common Core, and schools are to revert to standards set prior to 2010.

According to Stand for Children’s website at stand.org, the Common Core are expectations — they are voluntary, streamlined standards for math and English language arts, based on the best practices from states around the country. The standards set goals for the knowledge, understanding, and skills students should achieve in each grade.

“The Common Core standards were guidelines. Teachers still developed the curriculum and text to be used,” said Presley.

Presley said the district implemented the standards three years ago and spent many dollars on resources to help teachers and students.

“Right now, we are waiting for guidance from the State Department,” she said.

She said the State Department maintains that new standards will be ready by the 2017-2018 school year.

“The math teachers have already met and have formulated some ideas before we get standards that move from grade level to level,” said Presley.

She said the adjustment for language arts is easier than math.

“The standards for language arts were similar to what we have always done. This will not be as large of an adjustment,” said Presley.

She said the Common Core standards impacted the coursework in a positive way.

“Right now, one of the district’s challenges is the holding pattern we are in due to Common Core,” said Presley.

In other news, seniors who graduate beginning 2015-2016 will have a new requirement: CPR. Students will be able to take the training in ninth grade through 12th grade.

Presley said health is a requirement and the board may recommend bringing providers in to conduct the training.

She said this will be adopted in 2015-2016 and will be assessed the following year.

According to state law, every school building must have a certified teacher and a support staff trained in CPR.

“The people change every year,” said Presley.

WHAT’S NEXT

The next meeting of the I-35 Board of Education will be Thursday, July 10 at 6 p.m. in the board conference room on Water Street. The public is invited.