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November 6, 2013

Four NPS elementary schools receive D in A-F report card

NORMAN — Three Norman schools dropped in their letter-grade report from C’s in 2012 to D’s, state education officials announced Wednesday. New school Reagan Elementary also received a D.

Adams Elementary School, Kennedy Elementary School, Lakeview Elementary School and Ronald Reagan Elementary School all received lower letter-grade reports than they did last year.

The State Department of Education released newly revised A-F letter-grade report cards for every public school in Oklahoma on Wednesday. This A-F letter grade system was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin in 2011, but the formula used to determine the grades has drawn criticism from superintendents across the state.

Norman schools receiving A grades were Cleveland Elementary and Norman High School. Roosevelt Elementary received an A- as did Norman North High School and McKinley Elementary.

Other grades were Lakeview Elementary D+, Adams Elementary D+, Jackson C-, Jefferson Elementary B, Kennedy Elementary D+, Lincoln Elementary B, Madison Elementary B-, Eisenhower C+, Wilson Elementary B-, Monroe Elementary C, Reagan Elementary D-, Truman Elementary B+, Washington Elementary B+, Truman Primary B+, Dimensions Academy NA, Irving Middle School C+, Alcott Middle School B+, Longfellow Middle School B+, Whittier Middle School B+.

Dr. Joe Siano, NPS superintendent, said NPS was disappointed that the State Board of Education continued to endorse the current formula for grading Oklahoma schools.

“Researchers at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, the University of North Carolina and the University of South Carolina have found (the current formula) to be an invalid and extremely flawed measure of school performance,” Siano said.

The four NPS schools that received C’s last year and dropped to D’s this year, have actually made impressive academic gains. According to academic records, Adams Elementary had a 3 percent math pass rate and a 8 percent reading pass rate increase from 2012. Kennedy Elementary had a 5 percent math pass rate and a 12 percent reading pass rate increase from 2012. Lakeview Elementary had a 2 percent math pass rate and a 8 percent reading pass rate increase from 2012. Reagan Elementary was a new school.

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