Oklahoma State Senate
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: April
Sen. Tom Adelson.
Senate Resolution Honors Oklahoma Students, Educators
Saying Oklahoma’s public schools deserve recognition
for making the most out of limited resources, Senator
Tom Adelson won approval Monday of a resolution thanking state
educators for the classroom successes of state students.
“We often hear criticism of our education system, criticism
that isn’t supported by the statistics. I think recognition
that Oklahoma educators are doing an outstanding job and that our
students are achieving academic excellence that exceeds the regional
and national averages is well overdue,” said Adelson, D-Tulsa.
Senate Resolution 23 cited a recent report by the Manhattan Institute
which showed Oklahoma’s high school graduation rate of 79
percent was far better than the national average of 71 percent and
ranked well above many states which graduation rates near 50 percent.
The study also showed that the college readiness rate among Oklahoma
high school graduates is 37 percent, tying state students with their
counterparts from Utah for the highest readiness rate in the western
region. The state average exceeds both the regional (32 percent)
and national (34 percent) average.
The resolution also notes that Oklahoma’s pre-kindergarten
programs ranked No. 1 in the nation in the percentage of 4-year-olds
attending pre-school; the state is ninth in the number of National
Board Certified Teachers; 82 percent of state students score at
the satisfactory level or above in reading by the eighth grade;
and that Oklahoma students taking the ACT outscore their counterparts
from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas.
“We have a wealth of reasons to be proud of our students and
educators in Oklahoma and I think it’s important that we officially
recognize their accomplishments,” Adelson said.
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