It’s unclear if this will all come about.
Restructuring of schools is considered a worst-case scenario. The U.S. Department of Education could opt to give states more time if they show commitment to drafting new standards.
The state education department will ask the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to certify that PASS standards ensure students graduate high school “college and career ready.” It’s unclear whether the regents will sign off on the standards, Pemberton said. The U.S. Department of Education would likely review the standards, too.
Fallin and Barresi have said with 42 percent of incoming college freshmen taking remedial courses, action is needed make sure students are better prepared after high school graduation.
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