State teachers get a 'B-'

Thursday, January 8th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- This time it was Oklahoma teachers who got figurative smiley-face stickers on their papers.

The eighth-annual national Quality Counts study by Education Week gave state teaching a B minus. That puts it among the top third of states and the District of Columbia.

On the other hand, the report wanted more certification to be required for middle school teachers.

State schools Superintendent Sandy Garrett says the state is moving toward added certification.

The report also chastised the state for not paying mentor teachers stipends.

Oklahoma scored a B plus, two B minuses and two C's in standards and accountability, improving teacher quality, school climate and the adequacy and equity of resources.