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Two things from the OSDE’s Fast Facts page

April 12, 2016

If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know I like some facts in my morning coffee education discussions. That’s why I was happy to get the following press release from the Oklahoma State Department of Education yesterday:

OSDE releases Fast Facts e-resource

April 11, 2016 (Oklahoma City) – In an effort to simplify and contextualize education data and statistics, the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) has published an online e-resource of facts and figures.

“Oklahoma Public Schools: Fast Facts, 2015-2016” contains 32 pages of graphs and information on education topics including enrollment, student demographics, academic achievement and more. In most cases, comparative data is included.

“The State Department of Education is committed to transparency, but the sheer volume of information we gather and report can make translating it to the public a challenge,” said Steffie Corcoran, executive director of communications. “We’re excited to share Fast Facts with anyone interested in receiving essential public education information in a convenient format.”

One section, “By the Numbers,” spotlights agency-specific figures. For example, during the 2014-2015 school year, Regional Accreditation Officers (RAOs) drove 204,908 miles visiting Oklahoma schools, and in a three-month period in late 2015, the agency’s Customer Service department handled 9,234 telephone calls.

To download Fast Facts, click here. Fast Facts and other valuable public education reports are available on the OSDE website’s Reporting Index under the School/District/State Performance link.

I downloaded the resource and quickly found things even more interesting than the number of RAO miles and customer service phone calls. You should too.

With all the numbers and figures and trends, though, two things are still true:

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  1. Oklahoma’s public schools are still serving more students.
  2. We’re getting less funding per pupil to do so.

Oh, and one bonus thing for today:

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  1. More of our students need us for things other than academics than ever before.

If you need a good read to illustrate that this morning, check out Rob Miller’s latest. And bring a Kleenex.

Have a great Tuesday…only one more day until candidate filing season officially opens!

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