Claremore Daily Progress


June 28, 2013

County schools prepare for another year of common core transitioning



“We’ve been involved in the transitioning process for about three years now. We work with teachers on how to implement the standards into curriculum, and they are doing an excellent job helping students reach those standards,” said Catoosa Public Schools Superintendent Rick Kibbe. “(CPS) has a leadership committee that meets every month to look at the latest teaching trends and most up-to-date curriculum for students. Our admninistration and teachers are involved in anything that has to do with Common Core.” 
Kibbe said he supports the reading, writing and math aspects of Common Core; however, he does not support the current style of end-of-instruction testing. 
“We would like to see more ACT-style testing to better prepare students for the ACT. It’s nationally recognized and those are the scores colleges look at,” he said. “Parents and students better understand the scoring of the ACT as well.”
EOI exams were criticized recently after a state-mandated change required Oklahoma high school seniors to pass four of the seven tests in order to graduate. The mandate is part of the Achieving Classroom Excellence reform.
“I’m excited about the testing. It provides valuable data for comparing our scores with other states to see how we’re doing,” said Saul.
Saul said the process in which the tests are given to students could be better.
“It will take some time, but the state and us locally will eventually figure out the best process for online testing.”
CTB/McGraw-Hill Education online testing system crashed April 29 and 30, causing students to wait for hours, and many tests to be postponed. The company was hired after the State Department of Education had problems with a previous testing company regarding the same issue.

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