SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) - Students at Sallisaw, Roland and Muldrow Schools headed back to school for their first day of class Thursday morning (Aug. 14).
With the new school year, comes changes to national academic standards. In several states, legislators have placed new restrictions on state boards of eduction, meaning they have to update their academic standards.
However, in Oklahoma, lawmakers repealed the national common core standards. The Oklahoma Supreme Court affirmed that decision. Now, Oklahoma's State Board of Education is back at the drawing board, working to rewrite new standards ahead of the 2016 school year.
At Sallisaw Schools, Superintendent Scott Farmer said they're excited about the first day of class. He also said that when it comes to learning, no child should be left behind.
"In this school district, kids are getting a true foundation, a true understanding and a true learning environment instead of just memorizing facts," Farmer said. "It's so they can develop the critical thinking skills they need to be successful in life."
The first day of school is to get the kids in routine of what every day will be. "We tour the building, show them procedures, and how to get the cafeteria, "said music teacher Traci Abell.
According to third grade teacher Tami Martin," The excitement in the kids eyes, their excited to be here."
Teachers said they look forward to this day all summer long. "I have ideas running through my head that I know I won't get too all of them, but I'm going to try my best to make it fun," said Abell.
The majority of students who attend schools in Arkansas head back to class on Monday, Aug. 18.