Oklahoma Gets 'F' in Academic Achievement from U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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Oklahoma Gets 'F' in Academic Achievement from U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Eger, Andrea, Tulsa World (Tulsa, OK)


Oklahoma got failing marks in three of 11 indicators of educational effectiveness on the latest report card from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

The Sooner State received Fs in overall academic achievement, academic achievement of low-income and minority students and international competitiveness on the foundation's "Leaders & Laggards" report.

Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, called the low rankings "disappointing, but unfortunately of no surprise to the Tulsa regional business community."

He said the business community is particularly concerned with the readiness of high school graduates for post-secondary education or the workforce.

"For years, the Tulsa Regional Chamber and our regional OneVoice partners have stressed the need for greater funding and support across all levels of education in our state, with the goal of achieving higher academic standards and adequately preparing Oklahoma students for college and career," Neal said.

In the fourth edition of the "Leaders & Laggards" series, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's affiliated, nonprofit foundation evaluated states' K-12 education outcomes in collaboration with the American Enterprise Institute.

The state-by-state report card includes grades in 11 categories: academic achievement; academic achievement for low-income and minority students; return on investment; truth in advertising: student proficiency; postsecondary and workforce readiness; 21st century teaching force; parental options; data quality; technology; international competitiveness; and fiscal responsibility. …

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