The Edmond Sun

Education

December 30, 2013

Edmond Public Schools receive A- from State Department of Education

EDMOND — Amid much discontent and discussion about the way the Oklahoma Department of Education would be grading schools and school districts, the Edmond School District scored well with an A-. Individual schools within the district also scored high or average.

For those schools which did not score as high as district administrators would have liked, plans are being made to help the students in the individual schools do better on future testing.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education released the 2013 A-F Report Card grades for Edmond Public Schools in November with 15 of the school district’s 23 schools receiving an A- or above.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Education, the grades for each school site are as follows: Edmond Public Schools Overall: A-; Angie Debo Elementary School: A-; Centennial Elementary School: A+; Charles Haskell Elementary School: B; Chisholm Elementary School: A; Clegern Elementary School/Clyde Howell Center: A+; Cross Timbers Elementary School: A+; Ida Freeman Elementary School: C; John Ross Elementary School: A-; Northern Hills Elementary School: A-; Orvis Risner Elementary School: B-; Russell Dougherty Elementary School: A+; Sunset Elementary School: C; Washington Irving Elementary School: A-; West Field Elementary School: A+; Will Rogers Elementary School: B; Central Middle School: B; Cheyenne Middle School: A+; Cimarron Middle School: B; Sequoyah Middle School: A; Summit Middle School: B; Edmond Memorial High School: A+; Edmond North High School: A+; Edmond Santa Fe High School: A+.

Frontier Elementary School was not added to this list since it did not open until August of this year.

A statement made by Edmond Public Schools, said, “We still believe that there are significant issues with the A-F formula, especially as it relates to the lowest quartile and we will continue to share that message with our stakeholders, legislators and the state department of education.

“However, our focus now that the grades have been released is both on highlighting the significant work done by our teachers, staff and curriculum specialists who helped to ensure as smooth a testing process as possible for our students and utilizing the relevant data that can be gleaned from the report cards to assist us in better serving our students.”

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Education website, the “A-F Report Card grades are calculated using the following four categories:

• 33 percent of a school’s grade will be based on student achievement on state exams.

• 33 percent of the grade will be based on whole school performance factors, such as student attendance rates, dropout rates, graduation rates, advanced course participation and performance. Bonus factors are school climate surveys and parent and community involvement.

• 17 percent of the grade is overall student growth.

• The remaining 17 percent is student growth of the bottom 25 percent of students.

A letter grade is then to be awarded in each of these categories and combined to award an overall letter grade for a school. Districts then receive report cards based on the grades of all school sites in the district.”

The Oklahoma Legislature adopted the A-F Report Card school grading system in 2011.

As reported by The Edmond Sun, superintendents across the state have voiced criticism recently about the state’s grading system, including criticism from Edmond’s superintendent.

On Oct. 4, Dr. David Goin, Edmond Public Schools Superintendent, said the grading system has serious technical flaws.

“Our schools are evaluated every day by parents, but ‘the devil is in the details’ of the A-F grading system,” Goin said. “Parents need to be aware of the methods and means of the calculation of the grades.”

As reported by The Edmond Sun in May, CTB/McGraw-Hill — which was chosen by the state — computer programming system interruptions and system crashes occurred during testing this year.

“Glitches caused so many interruptions (in testing)” Fair said.

Fair said some students were kicked off in the middle of testing and were able to get back on 20-30 minutes later. But some were not able to get back on to continue the test.

Because of the system problems, Fair said 1,400 students’ tests were invalidated.

“Edmond Public Schools continues to move forward,” Fair said. “We are able to remain one of if not the top district in the state. This does not happen by accident. We have dedicated teachers and administrators who are persistent in maintaining our focus which is student learning. We are a united team and we are committed to preparing our students for the future.”

 

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