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Update: State Regents Vote Education Standards Are Adequate

Todd Binger

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have determined the education standards currently in place for public school students in math and English will adequately prepare them for college or the workforce.

The regents voted unanimously Thursday that Oklahoma's current Priority Academic Student Skills, or PASS, standards are "college and career ready." Two separate committees of university and faculty experts reviewed the standards and recommended approval. The panels also made suggestions for improving the standards.

Oklahoma reverted to the PASS standards under legislation approved this year by the Republican-controlled Legislature to repeal Common Core standards. As a result, the state lost flexibility over how it spends about $29 million in federal funding.

State education officials say they could re-apply for a federal waiver for the 2015-2016 school year.


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