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Education Oversight Board.
70-3-116. Education Oversight Board - Membership - Officers - Vacancies - Quorum - Travel expenses - Duties - Dual office holding.

  1. There is hereby created the Education Oversight Board. The membership of the Education Oversight Board shall consist of:
    1. The Chairperson of the Education Committee of the Oklahoma House of Representatives;
    2. The Chairperson of the Education Committee of the Senate;
    3. Two members, who are not legislators, appointed by the Governor;
    4. Two members, who are not legislators, appointed by the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives;
    5. Two members, who are not legislators, appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate; and
    6. One member, who is not a legislator, appointed jointly by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

    The two Education Committee Chairpersons shall serve as nonvoting members of the Board as long as each holds that position in such chairperson's respective house. The terms of the appointed members shall be staggered. The terms of the seven appointed members shall begin on July 1 of the year the preceding term expires. All terms shall be for five (5) years. At least one appointed member must reside in each congressional district. However, when congressional districts are redrawn each member appointed prior to July 1 of the year in which such modification becomes effective shall complete the current term of office and appointments made after July 1 of the year in which such modification becomes effective shall be based on the redrawn districts. Appointments made after July 1 of the year in which such modification becomes effective shall be from any redrawn districts which are not represented by a board member until such time as each of the modified congressional districts are represented by a board member. If a vacancy occurs, the vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as the office was previously filled.


  2. A chairperson and vice-chairperson shall be elected annually from the membership of the Board. A quorum which shall consist of four voting members must be present for the transaction of any business. Members shall be reimbursed for travel in the performance of their official duties in accordance with the State Travel Reimbursement Act.


  3. The Education Oversight Board shall:
    1. Oversee implementation of the provisions of Enrolled House Bill No. 1017 of the 1st Extraordinary Session of the 42nd Oklahoma Legislature;
    2. Oversee implementation of the provisions of the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act; and
    3. Make recommendations to the Governor and Legislature on methods to achieve an aligned, seamless system from preschool through postsecondary education.


  4. The Education Oversight Board shall govern the operation of the Office of Accountability created in Section 3-117 of this title. The Secretary of Education shall be the chief executive officer of the Office of Accountability.


  5. Legislators and appointed members who serve on the Education Oversight Board shall be exempt from the dual office holding prohibitions of Section 6 of Title 51 of the Oklahoma Statutes.
Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, 41, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 232, 1, emerg. eff. May 25, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 322, 24, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 1997, c. 191, 1, eff. July 1, 1997; Laws 1999, c. 312, 1, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2002, c. 437, 1, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2003, c. 3, 76, emerg. eff. March 19, 2003; Laws 2003, c. 434, 29.

NOTE: Laws 2002, c. 375, 16 repealed by Laws 2003, c. 3, 77, emerg. eff. March 19, 2003.

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Secretary of Education
70-3-118. Secretary of Education - Powers, duties and responsibilities.

The Secretary of Education shall:
  1. Oversee the Office of Accountability;
  2. Employ necessary personnel according to procedures established for the employment of personnel by the Office of Personnel Management;
  3. Monitor the efforts of the public school districts to comply with the provisions of this act and of Senate Bill No. 183 of the 1st Session of the 42nd Oklahoma Legislature which relate to common education;
  4. Identify districts not making satisfactory progress toward compliance with said provisions and recommend appropriate corrective actions to the State Board of Education concerning each district so identified;
  5. Have executive responsibility for the Oklahoma Educational Indicators Program and the annual report required pursuant to Section 1210.531 of this title;
  6. Review and make periodic public comment on the progress and effectiveness of the State Board and State Department of Education, the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, other bodies created by this act, and the public schools of this state concerning the implementation of the provisions of this act and of Enrolled Senate Bill No. 183 of the 1st Session of the 42nd Oklahoma Legislature which relate to common education;
  7. Analyze the revenues for all systems of education and the expenditure of common education revenue, giving close attention to expenditures for administrative expenses relating to the common schools;
  8. Make reports to the public concerning these matters whenever appropriate; and
  9. Submit recommendations regarding funding for education or statutory changes to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Governor whenever appropriate.
Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, 43, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 191, 3, eff. July 1, 1997.



Office of Accountability
70-3-117. Office of Accountability - Creation - Support.

There is hereby created the Office of Accountability. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education are hereby directed to support the Office of Accountability from the budget of the State Regents. The State Regents shall include the Office of Accountability in its budget work program to be submitted each fiscal year for the succeeding fiscal year to the Office of State Finance. Each year the Education Oversight Board shall submit a program budget for the Office of Accountability to the State Regents. Any amendments to the Office of Accountability program budget must first be approved by the Education Oversight Board. The Office of Accountability, its personnel, budget, and expenditure of funds shall be solely under the direction of the Education Oversight Board.

Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, 42, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 191, 2, eff. July 1, 1997; Laws 2003, c. 434, 30.



Oklahoma Educational Indicators Program
70-1210.531. Oklahoma Educational Indicators Program.

  1. The Education Oversight Board shall establish an Oklahoma Educational Indicators Program. The purpose of the Program shall be to develop and implement a system of measures whereby the performance of public schools and school districts is assessed and reported without undue reliance upon any single type of indicator, and whereby the public, including students and parents, may be made aware of the proper meaning and use of any tests administered under the Oklahoma School Testing Program Act, relative accomplishments of the public schools, and of progress being achieved. The Board shall involve representatives of various organizations of school teachers and of school administrators in the development of the Program. The Program shall be so designed that use of standardized definitions and measures and opportunities for coordination with national reports, including those of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, are maximized.


  2. The Oklahoma Educational Indicators Program shall present information for comparisons of graduation rates, dropout rates, pupil-teacher ratios, student enrollment gain and loss rates, and test results in the contexts of socioeconomic status and the finances of school districts. Information shall be provided individually for all public school sites and school districts in a format that facilitates comparisons. As necessary data become available, comparisons shall also be provided individually for all schools and school districts on a historical basis. Reports of all tests administered pursuant to the Oklahoma School Testing Program Act, Section 1210.505 et seq. of this title, shall be a part of the Oklahoma Educational Indicators Program and shall be provided for each grade and each test subject or set of competencies. Test results for students enrolled in Internet-based courses, including regularly enrolled and alternative education students, shall be disaggregated and reported. The Education Oversight Board shall seek to develop and incorporate additional indicators of comparative standing and accomplishment.


  3. Additionally, the Education Oversight Board, with the cooperation of the State Department of Education, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, and the State Board of Career and Technology Education, shall develop procedures for obtaining and reporting data to the high schools and to the general public regarding the performance of each high school's graduates in Oklahoma's institutions of higher education and in postsecondary vocational-technical education. The Education Oversight Board shall include such data in the report of the Oklahoma Educational Indicators Program.


  4. By February 1 of each year the Education Oversight Board shall publish:
    1. A summary report to the people and Legislature of Oklahoma of the information provided by the Oklahoma Educational Indicators Program; and
    2. State, district, and site level reports which shall include the percentage of students who perform at the various levels on the tests required by the Oklahoma State Testing Program.
Immediately following the publication of the reports required in this subsection each year, all data gathered pursuant to the Oklahoma Educational Indicators Program shall be made available for public inspection at the offices of the Education Oversight Board or the Office of Accountability; provided, confidentiality of individual student records shall be preserved as required by law.

Added by Laws 1989, c. 335, 13, eff. July 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, 21, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990; Laws 1990, c. 263, 64, operative July 1, 1990; Laws 1992, c. 248, 1, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 1994, c. 232, 6, emerg. eff. May 25, 1994; Laws 1997, c. 191, 4, eff. July 1, 1997; Laws 1999, c. 356, 3, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2001, c. 33, 132, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2002, c. 453, 5, eff. July 1, 2002.



Oklahoma School Performance Review (OSPR)
70-3-118.1. Budget and operations performance reviews.

  1. The Office of Accountability is hereby authorized to conduct a performance review program to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of the budget and operations of school districts that have:
    1. Administrative service costs which are above the expenditure limits established for school districts in Section 18-124 of this title or have total expenditures in excess of the district's adopted budget;
    2. A district Academic Performance Index (API) score, calculated pursuant to Section 3-150 of this title, that is below the state average API;
    3. Had a request for a performance review submitted by the Governor or the State Superintendent of Public Instruction;
    4. A district student eligibility rate for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Act that is above the state average; or
    5. Submitted a request for a performance review subsequent to a majority vote of the district's board of education.


  2. Funds appropriated by the Legislature to the State Regents for Higher Education for the Office of Accountability may be expended to fulfill the provisions of this section. The Office of Accountability may contract with an outside entity or hire personnel to assist in the development and design of the program. The Office of Accountability may contract with outside entities to assist in conducting performance review programs. Such entities shall be chosen through a competitive bid process. Invitations to bid for the performance reviews shall be open to any public or private entity. Contracts for performance reviews shall not be done on a sole source basis.


    1. If a performance review is conducted as authorized pursuant to paragraphs 1 through 3 of subsection A of this section, the entire cost of the review shall be borne by the Office of Accountability.
    2. If a school district requests a performance review, as authorized pursuant to paragraph 4 of subsection A of this section, twenty-five percent (25%) of the entire cost of the review shall be borne by the school district and seventy-five percent (75%) of the cost of the review shall be borne by the Office of Accountability.
    3. Districts shall be selected for review by the Education Oversight Board contingent upon the availability of funding.


  3. The Office of Accountability shall engage in follow-up, outreach and technical assistance to help school districts and others understand, interpret, and apply the recommendations and best practices resulting from performance reviews conducted pursuant to this section.


  4. After a performance review of a school district is completed by the Office of Accountability, the school district may implement all or part of the recommendations contained in the review.


  5. If a school district experiences a cost savings that is directly attributable to implementation of performance review recommendations, the cost savings shall be expended by the school district for classroom expenses. Classroom expenses shall include but are not limited to teacher salaries and purchasing textbooks, teaching material, technology and other classroom equipment. Classroom expenditures shall not include administrative services as defined in Section 18-124 of this title or for equipment or materials for administrative staff.


Added by Laws 2001, c. 419, 1, eff. July 1, 2001. Amended by Laws 2002, c. 446, 1, emerg. eff. June 5, 2002; Laws 2005, c. 432, 14, eff. July 1, 2005.