Gov. Mary Fallin signed an executive order Wednesday she hopes will address concerns of federal intrusion into schools, as well as create more rigorous and localized academic standards.
Fallin said the order makes it clear that the state's implementation of the Common Core State Standards is not a federal program.
“We certainly don't want Washington telling us how to teach our students,” said Fallin. “And, unfortunately, Washington does not always get that message.”
The Common Core State Standards have been adopted in 45 states and is carried out in the state through the Oklahoma Academic Standards. The program has received significant opposition from some educators, parents and lawmakers.
Fallin said she has heard concerns from both constituents and lawmakers that Oklahoma's academic standards will be hijacked by the federal government. She said that signing the executive order will ensure Washington will have no involvement in the design of tests, curriculum, or assessments.
The order also seeks to address privacy concerns by prohibiting school districts or the state Education Department from collecting or reporting student data that violates state or federal laws. It directs state agencies to oppose the adoption of federal standards that do not reflect Oklahoma values.