A new state executive order was signed last Wednesday by Governor Mary Fallin that localizes the standards of education among public schools in the state.
Gov. Fallin said she hopes the bill will address concerns of federal intrusion into schools, as well as create more rigorous and localized academic standards. The bill prevents Washington from being involved in creating the academic standards for math and English, which are known as the Common Core.
A total of 45 states have adopted the standards of the federal government called the Common Core State Standards. With the new state executive order, Oklahoma will create and follow its own rules and standards, eliminating federal involvement. Tests, assessments, and curriculum will all be decided by the state.
Governor Fallin emphasized that the new law will be used to enhance the education of K-12 students to help them prepare themselves for college and landing better jobs. The new executive order will be applied to all public schools in the state.