The governor has named Oklahoma Achieves executive director Jennifer Monies as one of her four appointees to the Task Force on Improving the State Aid Formula. The task force will examine the forumla structure and make recommendations on ways to optimize efficiency.
Oklahoma City (April 28, 2017) – Today Gov. Mary Fallin signed House Bill 1693 into law, which reforms Oklahoma’s A-F school accountability system. Jennifer Monies, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Achieves, served on the State Department of Education’s Oklahoma Assessment and Accountability Task Force that studied and considered changes to both the state assessments and accountability system last fall.
Oklahoma City (October 28, 2016) – Jennifer Monies, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Achieves, released the following comment on today’s State Department of Education release of the A-F state report cards:
Oklahoma City (April 12, 2016) – Governor Fallin on Monday signed House Bill 3102 into law, expanding the number of classroom hours allowed for an adjunct teacher. These teachers are experts in a particular field who are willing to share their knowledge with students but have not gone through the teaching certification process. Previously they were limited to just 90 hours per semester, but HB 3102 expands that to 270 hours.
NAEP results show long road ahead
Oklahoma City (October 28, 2015) – Today’s release of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores is a reminder that Oklahoma needs to step up its reform efforts in order to ensure our students aren’t at a competitive disadvantage. The results show improvement in 4th grade reading (30% of students proficient in 2013 to 33% in 2015) and 4th grade math (36% proficient in 2013 to 37% in 2015), no improvement in 8th grade math proficiency (29% both years) and a slight decrease in 8th grade reading proficiency (25% in 2013 to 23% in 2015).
By Jennifer Monies, published August 28, 2015 at NewsOK.com
Tulsa World August 22, 2015
I think we can all agree that good teachers are not paid enough for the tremendous work they do. Research shows that a good teacher is the single most important school-related factor associated with student success, but a teacher shortage in Oklahoma prevents our schools from having a good teacher in front of every student.
NewsOK.com July 1, 2015
I didn’t grow up in Oklahoma City. I don’t have memories of a desolate downtown after business hours or neighborhood whispers about brothels that apparently once existed walking distance from my house in the Gatewood Historic District. I only know an Oklahoma City with an NBA franchise, a bustling downtown park and a diverse local restaurant scene. Oklahoma City rivals any place I would want to raise my family. Almost nowhere else in the nation could I live within the urban core for the price and space we have. I live, work and play largely within a 5-mile radius.
Recommends simpler formula tying funding to the student for a fairer system
Oklahoma City (June 18, 2015) – As lawmakers fashion a state budget that will include around $2-billion for common education, a new report commissioned by the Oklahoma Achieves suggests changes to the funding formula used to distribute those funds. Titled “Understanding Oklahoma’s School Funding Formula and Student-Centric Alternatives,” the report is an in-depth look at the complex calculation created more than 30-years ago which determines how much money each district receives.