OVERSIGHT BOARD MEETING MINUTES
October 18, 2000 - 8:00 A.M.
Oklahoma State Capitol Building
Conference Room 412A
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
|BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
||John Rex, Pete Churchwell,
Karen Yarbrough, Ed Long, Ron Dryden, Rep. Larry Roberts
|BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT:
||Sen. Penny Williams, Grant
Hall, Kenneth Bridges
|OTHER REGULAR ATTENDEES:
||Secretary of Education Dr.
Office of Accountability Staff: Robert Buswell, Matt Hesser, Jerry Hsieh, Janet Johnson
||Ernie Diamond and Terri
Hamilton, Secretary of Ed. Staff
Order and Roll Call: Mr. Rex called the meeting to order and declared a quorum
of Minutes: Minutes of the September 20, 2000 meeting were approved as submitted.
of New Board Member: Mr. Rex announced that Speaker Benson had appointed Mr.
Kenneth Bridges of Lawton to replace Doyle Burns. Mr. Buswell reported that introductory
information regarding the Education Oversight Board and Office of Accountability has been
sent to Mr. Bridges, but no other contact has been made at this time.
of FY 2001 Year-to-Date Expenditures: Report distributed to board members.
on Office of Accountability Summer Activities: Report distributed to board
members. Mr. Hesser continued the discussion of Oklahoma ACT and AP 2000 results from the
previous meeting. Low math scores and minority performance were areas addressed as
Report on Profiles 2000 Project: Data Requests Mr. Buswell reported that
State Regents and Career-Tech have provided the requested materials. Information from the
Office of Juvenile Affairs has been delayed, but the Office of Accountability is working
to get a meeting scheduled to expedite the transaction.
Data flow from State Dept. of Education (SDE) Mr. Buswell reported that delivery
dates of the data have been provided in a response letter from State Superintendent Sandy
Garrett. However, the staff was hoping to move the deadlines of several items up, which
was not reflected in Ms. Garrett's response. Dr. Coppedge said he had met with Ms. Garrett
to discuss several issues regarding the Office of Accountability. She relayed to him that
every effort would be made to provide information earlier than previous years. Also, the
request regarding teacher certification files was misunderstood and not addressed in the
response letter. Mr. Buswell noted that he clarified and resubmitted the request to SDE,
but reported that no further response had been received.
2000 Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests Survey The board was provided a copy of the
letter from Deputy State Superintendent Sharon Lease, which explained flaws in the
gathering and assembling of the survey data. Mr. Buswell explained that the data has
previously been used to determine percent of students tested. Mr. Rex motioned for a
letter to be drafted to SDE requesting participation in the initial contract negotiations
with the testing company as they pertained to what information will be provided. Mr.
Buswell recommended that the letter be signed by Dr. Coppedge and Mr. Rex. The motion was
seconded by Mr. Churchwell and approved by the board.
Office of Accountability Administrator Survey Mr. Buswell explained that the Office of
Accountability is working with the State Regents to formulate questions regarding
community support and parental involvement. Mobility, early childhood education, and
non-mandated tests purchased locally were noted as additional topics the Office of
Accountability will be considering.
Changes to the Profiles Reports Report distributed to board members. Mr. Buswell
explained that due to significant testing program changes, some information previously
available in the "Profiles" reports will be limited. The Office of
Accountability is considering providing alternative data. A discussion followed.
of Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition (OBEC) Activities: Mr. Rex read the
mission and goals statements from OBEC and said that this group should be a strong ally
for the Board and the Office of Accountability. Mr. Churchwell agreed that OBEC shares
many of the same objectives.
Business: Regular Meeting Schedule for 2001 The board was given
preliminary dates for the 2001 regular meetings. Mr. Buswell asked that any conflicts be
reported to the Office of Accountability before the next meeting.
Media Request Mr. Buswell announced that a local broadcast reporter has contacted
the Office of Accountability regarding the release of the 2000 test scores. Current plans
are to release the information incorporating the board's "70% Performance
HB 1759 Mr. Buswell read excerpts from the new legislation which mandates charter
schools to submit annual reports to the Office of Accountability.
Mr. Rex adjourned the meeting at 9:15 a.m.
|The Minutes of
the October 18, 2000 Meeting of the Education Oversight Board were approved (as submitted)
or (with corrections) on November 15, 2000.