Wednesday, January 07, 2009

2009 Quality Counts Report--Oklahoma School Funding F

While nothing is perfect, when your state has good grades in a couple of very important categories and funding is at an F, that's a great reason for lower scores in some of the other areas and another set of reasons to support the HOPE--SQ 744.

I'm sure the business community would love the information about teachers, accountability, and standards, but tell me why they would move to our state when they look at the funding commitment. How do both our elected and business leaders promote Oklahoma with this kind of investment strategy?

The 12th annual edition of Education Week’s Quality Counts continues the cradle-to-career framework launched in last year’s report. But it also reintroduces some of the categories in which we have graded states in the past, though some of the indicators and the grading have changed. The cradle-to-career perspective emphasizes the connections between K-12 education and other systems with which it intersects: preschool education, other social and economic institutions, and further education and training.

2009 Quality Counts Report

Chance for success Oklahoma C- Nation C+

K-12 achievement Oklahoma D Nation D+

Standards, assessments, and accountability Oklahoma A- Nation B

Transitions and alignment Oklahoma C Nation C

The teaching profession Oklahoma B- Nation C

School finance Oklahoma D+ with an F in Funding--the rest of the Nation C+ in school finance.

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