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October 26, 2012

‘Report cards’ for schools in county show B, C rankings

TAHLEQUAH — State education officials on Thursday opted to move forward with the release of new school report cards that give districts an A-F grade.

No school in Cherokee County received an A, and none received a D or F, a list of the results shows.

Schools that received a B include Woodall, Shady Grove, Peggs, Grand View, Tenkiller, Keys elementary and high school, Hulbert High School, and Tahlequah High School.

Those that received a C include Lowrey, Norwood, Briggs, Hulbert Elementary, Cherokee Elementary School, Greenwood Elementary School, Sequoyah Elementary School, Tahlequah Middle School, and the Cherokee Immersion Charter School.

Earlier this month, the State Department of Education postponed the release of the grades after hundreds of school superintendents argued the grades should have been calculated differently.

Tahlequah Superintendent Lisa Presley, at the time, said the state’s method was not initially transparent. She said the grades were calculated based only on certain students, rather than all students, and district superintendents believe all students should be considered when the state calculates averages.

But during Thursday’s meeting, some on the state board said the idea suggested by many superintendents would have set the bar too low for Oklahoma’s schools.

The grades released Thursday are based on data from the 2011-’12 school year. Grades will be released annually, and according to a document prepared by the state, the “reform offers easy-to-understand and concise information for parents and citizens... .”

Student achievement and whole-school performance each account for 33 percent of a district’s grade, while “overall” student growth and the growth of the bottom 25 percent of students each account for 17 percent.

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