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Education reform group ranks Oklahoma No. 13 nationally

Education is Oklahoma is making significant strides, according to a report from StudentsFirst, a national nonprofit group run by one of the top reformists in the country.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Modified: January 7, 2013 at 7:04 pm •  Published: January 8, 2013

Education in Oklahoma is improving, but lawmakers need to continue making changes, according to a national nonprofit group headed by one of the country's top education reformers.

StudentsFirst released education policy report cards for each state Monday. The group's CEO and founder is Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of schools in Washington, D.C. The group advocates such causes as school choice and ending teacher tenure.

Oklahoma ranked No. 13 nationally. Louisiana was No. 1, and North Dakota finished last.

Here is what the report card had to say about education policy in Oklahoma.

Praise from StudentsFirst

Oklahoma teacher evaluations are good and getting better. Evaluations are tied to student learning.

Teachers can be fired for being ineffective.

The state Board of Education can take control of low-performing schools.

The new A-F school evaluation system helps inform parents about the state of individual schools.

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