ERIC Number: ED430266
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Investing in Oklahoma: The Progress of Education Reform. Volumes 1-4, January 1996-January 1999.
Oklahoma State Dept. of Education, Oklahoma City.
These four reports describe Oklahoma's education-reform efforts, which were mandated by the Education Reform and Funding Act of 1990. Each of the volumes offers an annual report of the ongoing changes in education. Volume 1 focuses on state-appropriated funds for education and per-pupil expenditures. It looks at school consolidation, greater accountability to taxpayers, stronger accreditation standards, and gains in standardized achievement tests. Volume 2 examines academic standards, enrollment figures, teachers' salaries, the basic-skills curriculum, accountability benchmarks, alternative education, character education, and community involvement. The third volume highlights the increases in state appropriations for public schools, the number of graduating high-school seniors who took the ACT college-entrance exam in 1997, how Oklahoma's students compare to students in other southern states, the success of the Reader Leaders' program, and the rise in alternative education. The last volume describes how although state funding increased, Oklahoma's national ranking in per-pupil spending actually fell, from 47th in 1996 to 48th in 1997. It discusses the academic benchmarks set by the state, the number of students who plan on going to college, the state's academic scholars program, per-pupil expenditures, enrollment demographics, funding sources, the number of school districts, teaching standards and salaries, and alternative education. (RJM)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oklahoma State Dept. of Education, Oklahoma City.
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma