More Oklahoma schools’ grades dropped than raised in second round of new score cards

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) - The second round of statewide school report cards were released Monday under the Oklahoma Department of Education's new standards and methods for measurement.

It's the first time schools can measure up their progress from last year.

It's an ongoing effort to get kids ready for their next step or grade and leave them prepared for life after school.

"We don't want what has happened in the past to happen again where students think they're performing in a way that they would be prepared for college or in a career field only to find that when they took the ACT or SAT score, their score was much lower than expected," said State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister.

She said it's thanks to using the academic standards and frameworks put in place by the state that 15% of schools saw their score go up by one or two grades.

State officials are hoping those schools will serve as an example for the 33% of schools whose grades decreased this time around.

"We would encourage our districts, all of our districts, to look at those who held ground and are continuing to make progress," Hofmeister said.

As for the 51% of schools that did hold ground, Hofmeister said they actually show improvement because the standards have become increasingly difficult to meet.

However, the challenges can't be ignored.

Almost 70% of schools scored a "C" or "D" grade, and there are twice as many schools that scored an "F" (111) as those that scored an "A" (54).

"That`s a tremendous concern of ours," Hofmeister said. "Again, if a school is not teaching the academic standards, if they`re not using the free tools and assistance online at the state department website, they`re not going to see changes, in fact, they`re going to see a slipping of their standing."

She also said it will be important for schools to make sure whatever tools they're using to measure students' academic progress throughout the school year, will accurately represent the standards the state school board set in place.

The Oklahoma City Public School District released the following statement about the report cards:

"On November 25, 2019, the Oklahoma State Board of Education voted to release the report card grades our students took in the spring of 2019. While the scores are not where we want them to be, we are hopeful the additional resources and supports that were brought via the Pathway to Greatness will help to spur steady, incremental academic growth for students across our district.
As State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister has stressed, “No school report card can tell the full story of a school any more than a student report card can reveal everything important about a child.” Our dedicated OKCPS site administrators, faculty and staff know this better than anyone, as they continue to teach and love the whole child in classrooms across our district each and every day. There is still much work to be done, but I am excited to see our growth as OKPS moves confidently forward on our Pathway to Greatness."

All of the results from this and last year can be found at Oklaschools.com.

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