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Reclaim Oklahoma Parent Empowerment

Empowering Parents – Not Bureaucrats

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ROPE 2.0 seeks to equip parents with the information necessary to best champion their individual child’s educational needs and support legislation that empowers parents as the primary authority for their children. Begun as Restore Oklahoma Public Education in 2010, ROPE has spent over five years researching, writing and lobbying on issues relating to public education at the local and state levels within Oklahoma and nationally. ROPE's early concern over Common Core put them in the forefront of the fight against this, micromanaged, one size fits all, curricula better suited to creating automatons than children. In 2014, after 4 years of concentrated effort, Oklahoma passed HB3399, outlawing Common Core in Oklahoma. Today, ROPE 2.0 focuses on four areas, each led by a separate director; Education, Legislation, Politics and Parental Rights. You can contact each director through her email as follows: Jenni White, Education Director - Jenni@rope2.org Lynn Habluetzel, Legislative Director - Lynn@rope2.org Julia Seay, Political Director - Julia@rope2.org Tracey Montgomery, Parental Rights Liason - parentalrightsok@gmail.com

Ways In Which Oklahoma’s New Standards (OAS) Do Not Conform To CC Repeal Law

Save our standards without text

or Save Our Standards Part 2

After studying the Oklahoma Academic Standards (OAS) reviews posted on the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) website, I produced a document that listed the consistent issues brought up by reviewers over the course of the four draft standards documents produced by the OAS writing teams.

There were 13 separate standards reviewers outside the OSDE that contributed reviews posted to the OSDE website.**  These are as follows:

1st Draft

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Standards Review

ROPE

2nd Draft

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)

South Central Comprehensive Center (SC3)

Partnership for 21st Century (P21)

Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO)

Center for Standards and Assessment Implementation Review (WestEd)

Dr. Larry Gray

3rd Draft

Oklahoma Technical Advisory Committee (OK TAC)

Oklahoma Educated Workforce Initiative (OEWI)  (State Chamber provided)

College & Career Readiness & Success Center (CCRS)

Dr. Sandra Stotsky

Dr. Christopher Yakes (no resume provided)

4th Draft

Dr. Christopher Yakes

Ms. Shellie Klein (no resume provided)

Oklahoma Educated Workforce Initiative (OEWI)

 

The issues/concerns consistently addressed over the course of the four drafts were as follows:

ELA:

  • Vague; uses imprecise terminology
  • Not measurable or precise; not easily testable
  • Needs more work on glossary of terms
  • Needs examples of literary texts at each grade level
  • Needs reading/writing lists of Oklahoma authors
  • Needs reading material from the founding documents
  • Needs student exemplar writing samples

Math:

  • Too much overlap of standards across grades; lack of focus on alignment
  • Needs specific examples of problems
  • Need much more work on glossary of terms
  • Needs resources for teachers to utilize

 

Here, I’m going to try and point to some ways in which these critiques could add up to ways in which the new OAS do not satisfy the Oklahoma Common Core Repeal Bill HB3399.

 

 

Section 2; Section 11-103.6 A. (pg 7)

         6. The subject matter standards for English Language Arts shall give Classic Literature and nonfiction literature equal consideration to other literature. In addition, emphasis shall be given to the study of complete works of literature.

         7. At a minimum, the subject matter standards for mathematics shall require mastery of thee standard alogrithms in mathematics, which is the most logical, efficient way of solving a problem that consistently works, and for students to attain fluency in Euclidian geometry.

6. The new OAS violate number 6 simply because there are no text exemplars provided in the new standards documents so there is no way to know whether or not students are being exposed equally to fiction and non-fiction, or classical literature. Clearly, this section was added to prevent Common Core’s addiction to non-fictional (technical) texts from being overused on Oklahoma students. Clearly the legislature had an investment in this ideal enough to prescribe this specifically in law. Therefore, the OAS should provide text exemplars.

7. I scanned the Mathematics standards and pulled out the following specific standards
1.N.2.1 Represent and solve real-world and mathematical problems using addition and subtraction up to ten. 3.N.2.8 Use strategies and algorithms based on knowledge of place value, equality and properties of addition and multiplication to multiply a two-digit number by a one-digit number.4.N.1.3 Multiply 3-digit by 1-digit or a 2-digit by 2-digit whole numbers, using efficient and generalizable procedures and strategies, based on knowledge of place value, including but not limited to standard algorithms.

No specific examples were given in the glossary, or within the standards themselves, describing any manner of method for instructing students in the standard. What are the standard algorithms in these cases? There are standards algorithms, yet the OAS does not prescribe them or provide examples of them as does this example found on HelpingWithMath.com.

SECTION 3; Section 11-103.6a
G.1. (pg 20)

  • a. effective preparation for active citizenship and postsecondary education or the workforce,
  • e. clarity for educators and parents,
  • f. exemplars tied to the standards,
  • g. measurability of student proficiency in the subject matter,

Letter a.

Dr. Stotsky, in her final review says, (pg 3, #7)

Nowhere does one find the only clear content that was in Common Core’s High School ELA Standards. Its standards required study of this country’s founding and seminal documents.

Letter e.

Unfortunately, nearly every review read marked the OAS as ‘vague’ in some manner or form, from the first draft through the fourth. Obviously, standards considered ‘vague’ cannot provide clarity for educators or parents

Letter f.

Reviewers from the first OAS draft through the fourth complained of the lack of exemplars tied to the standards.

Letter g.

Several individuals associated with the Oklahoma Technical Advisory Committee provided reviews of the third draft. Several quotes were pulled from these reviews for the post that includes my full review analysis. Unfortunately, many of the standards were deemed as ‘untestable’ or too expensive to assess

In fact, one of the reviewers from OK TAC said the following,

“Speaking and Listening will not be assessable in a standardized format. Be careful with that as peer review clearly calls for all standards to be assessed.” Marianne Perie Director, Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation (pg 3)

SECTION 3; Section 11-103.6a
H. (pg 21)

All subject matter standards and corresponding statewide student assessments adopted by the State Board of Education shall be carefully circumscribed to reflect direct application to subject matter proficiency and shall not include standards or assessment questions that are designed to collect or measure noncognitive, emotional or psychological characteristics, attributes or skills of students. Standards that are ‘vague’ or ‘untestable’ cannot be either “carefully circumscribed” nor are they capable of being declared as not being “designed to collect or measure…”.

CONCLUSION:

This review and critique of the new Oklahoma Academic Standards stems from no other desire than for Oklahoma to create the very BEST academic standards possible. Certainly, as I’ve said before, Oklahoma has the opportunity – using advice and assistance from top two education standards creators in the nation, and other prominent reviewers – to create the best NON-COMMON CORE standards in the entire nation.

Oklahoma must avail ourselves of this ability and return the OAS to the OSDE where they can be revised. In fact, this is necessity if the new OAS are to comply with the full extent of HB3399.

 

 

**[I did not take into account reviews provided by the community, business leaders and others provided on the OSDE website OAS page because these comments were not often tied to specific standards but were more general comments about the standards as a whole. While I’m very happy there was so much input obtained by the OSDE on the standards drafts, and I certainly appreciate all the time laypeople took to look over the standards or attend OAS presentations, these were very hard to survey because of their generalities.]

About Reclaim Oklahoma Parent Empowerment

ROPE 2.0 seeks to equip parents with the information necessary to best champion their individual child’s educational needs and support legislation that empowers parents as the primary authority for their children.

Begun as Restore Oklahoma Public Education in 2010, ROPE spent years years researching, writing and lobbying on issues relating to public education at the local and state levels within Oklahoma and nationally. ROPE’s early concern over Common Core put them in the forefront of the fight against this, micromanaged, one size fits all, curricula better suited to creating automatons than children. In 2014, after 4 years of concentrated effort, Oklahoma passed HB3399, repealing the use of Common Core in Oklahoma. You can find all of ROPE’s blogs at their original blogspot.

Today, ROPE 2.0 focuses on three areas, each led by a separate Director; Education, Politics and Parental Rights. You can contact each Director via her personal email as follows:

Jenni White, Education Director – jenni.rope2.0@gmail.com
Julia Seay, Political Director –juliaseay@cox.net
Tracey Montgomery, Parental Rights Liason –parentalrightsok@gmail.com

If you’d like to have weekly news – national and local – as well as important information about education and parental rights legislation delivered to your inbox, please visit our Facebook page to sign up for our ROPE2.0 newsletter!

 

 

 

**When ROPE announces support of individual candidates they do so solely for the purpose of voter education. As an organization, ROPE does not donate to candidates or campaigns either financially, or via time in lieu. Individual ROPE directors are free to support candidates and campaigns in whatever way they choose.

ROPE – Restore Oklahoma Public Education Becomes ROPE 2.0 – Reclaim Oklahoma Parent Empowerment Effective 11/2/15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Effective immediately, ROPE – Restore Oklahoma Public Education – will become ROPE2.0 – Reclaiming Oklahoma Parent Empowerment.

Though Restore Oklahoma Public Education has worked diligently to tutor Oklahoma parents and taxpayers about how issues such as the Common Core State Standards and threats to Student Privacy effect students using public education since its inception in 2010, its mission field has shifted markedly in the last several years.

President, Jenni White explains, “For years, ROPE board members have worked as volunteer citizen researchers and lobbyists, watchdogging Oklahoma public education on behalf of parents and taxpayers. Over the years, as our organization has navigated the often-choppy waters of education policy, we’ve begun to believe strongly that parents – not governments of any kind – hold the keys to the future educational successes of Oklahoma’s students. Only parents can truly know what’s best for each of their individual children and only parents have the vested interest necessary to raise children with the education each will need to become productive Oklahomans and Americans. Every child has the right to an education best suited to them, and every parent has the right – and duty – to provide such an education. We believe the time is right to invest in the education and support necessary to equip parents to champion their child’s educational needs.”

Vice-President Lynn Habluetzel concurs, “I’m frequently asked, “Don’t you want accountability?” Yes. I want the ultimate accountability – the parent. Let’s let parents choose the best education for their particular child.”

ROPEs new trajectory will include four levels of outreach. Lynn Habluetzel will become ROPE’s Legislative Director and facilitate connection with the state legislature. Tracey Montgomery will bring her experience as Oklahoma’s Parental Rights.Org Director to her position as Parental Rights Liaison, Julia Seay will act as ROPE’s Political Director, taking on the task of helping parents find their voice in the decisions that affect the education of their children at the state level, while Joy Collins will become Creative Director, overseeing the new website and creation of marketing and education tools. Former ROPE President, Jenni White will transition to Education Director, educating parents about practical homeschooling methods and other approaches toward making student-centered education a reality.

ROPE2.0 will be available to parents in any size group interested in hearing more about how to empower themselves to fully invest in the education of their children.

(Update 2/9/2017: Lynn Habluetzel has resigned from her position to found another venture. Best of luck Lynn! We’ll miss you!)

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