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Oklahoma Regents To Vote On Education Standards

Mark Twain Elementary second grade teacher Elizabeth Clarke staples together work from two of her second-grade students in this 2013 photo.
Chase Cook
Oklahoma Watch

Even if Oklahoma's outdated education standards are determined to properly prepare students for college, state officials say there's little they can do this school year to regain control of federal funding stripped from the state.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education will meet Thursday in Oklahoma City to vote on whether Oklahoma's current Priority Academic Student Skills education standards are "college and career ready." Such a designation could allow the state to regain a federal waiver that was stripped after the Oklahoma Legislature voted earlier this year to ditch national academic standards known as Common Core.

But State Department of Education spokeswoman Tricia Pemberton says even if the regents agree the older standards are adequate, Oklahoma isn't expected to receive the federal waiver until the 2015-2016 school year.


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