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March 26, 2014

Oklahoma teachers might be required to prepare for new standards


Ada —



   In the meantime, Ada school officials are waiting to see whether HB 3399 becomes law.

   Superintendent Pat Harrison said he thought the bill was more about politics than about raising education standards.

   “It’s not necessarily that the standards were bad,” he said. “It’s ‘I’ve had enough of them telling us what to do. They don’t need to be in our business, and so we’re going to do our own.’”

   Harrison said he would not be surprised if the state-developed standards borrow heavily from Common Core. He said the August 2015 deadline for developing new standards may indicate that the state would take the Common Core requirements as a model.

   “That leads me to believe that maybe they’re not gong to change all that much,” he said. “It’s just going to say ‘Oklahoma Academic Standards’ on it as opposed to ‘Common Core.’”


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   EDITOR’S NOTE: The Tulsa World contributed to this report.

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