U.S. Education Secretary to visit Will Rogers HS

Posted at 5:46 AM, Apr 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 07:38:56-04

Will Rogers High School hosts a member of Pres. Obama's cabinet Friday.

U.S. Education Secretary John King will join Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist for a classroom visit and roundtable discussion focused on creating better testing practices for students. The visit and discussion are in conjunction with Pres. Obama's Testing Action Plan.

The plan is intended to provide worthwhile and high quality testing, improve both teaching and learning and create a clearer picture of student and school district achievement.

King and Gist will meet with members of a local committee that worked to modify and reform district-wide testing.

Soon after assuming the role as TPS superintendent, Gist announced district-required testing would be reduced by 54 percent.

Additionally, the district's Assessment Study Group made a number of recommendations for the 2015-2016 school year, including the elimination of the English language arts test for third graders.

King's stop in Tulsa is part of a series of events planned to promote the President's education agenda.

He travels to Springdale, Arkansas later in the day for another school visit.

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