The Edmond Sun

Education

October 27, 2012

Taking a 2nd look at A-F grading

EDMOND — The Oklahoma State Department of Education released the A-F grading system for Oklahoma schools Thursday. The grades are easy enough to understand, a simple A-F grading scale, but how they were arrived at may not be quite that easy for some, that is unless one keeps reading after the final grade on the report card is given.

The grading system and how it has been implemented has been bandied about for the past month, but for some people confusion, rather than understanding is the name of the game.

Close to 1,750 schools received grades on the first-time A-F School Report Cards.

The report cards released Thursday represented 1 percent of schools with a grade of an F, 8 percent a D, 34 percent C, 48 percent B, 9 percent A.

Both Deer Creek/Edmond and Edmond school districts scored well.

In Deer Creek all of the elementary schools with the exception of one school received an A. Rose Union Elementary was the only school to receive a B. The middle school and the high school both received A’s.  

“We are always proud to lead the way in education and this is just one more indication of the quality teachers and administrators we have in Deer Creek,” said School Board President David Miller. “I believe it shows the involvement of our community and the leadership of the board.”

In Edmond Public Schools, three elementary schools, two middle schools and all three high schools earned A’s. The rest with the exception of one elementary school earned a grade of B. Ida Freeman Elementary received the district’s only grade of C.

“We always looking for ways for our schools to improve,” said Jamie Underwood, Edmond School District Board of Education president. “I am confident we will continue to stress academic success in our schools as we continue to prepare our students to be successful.

“Our goals haven’t changed. We will still continue to provide quality instruction so our students can achieve success. We will look at areas we can improve on and use this information to make sure we are giving our students every possible opportunity to grow their knowledge.”

Edmond’s West Field Elementary received a B grade.

Principal Cara Jernigan said, “We are one of the schools that if there were an adjustment in the configuration for the bottom quartile, then we would have received an A.

“However, we are going to continue to persevere and consistently provide individual supports through our RTI (Response to Intervention program). We are going to continue to maintain our focus on knowing every child by name and need and continuing to have high expectations for all students.

“Our teachers are committed to helping every child be successful. My personal opinion is that the ‘D’ we received in the bottom quartile does not accurately reflect the extent to which our teachers provide support for our students.

“West Field is blessed to have an entire staff dedicated to educating the whole child. We will continue to strive to maintain our Great Expectations Model School status, and we are currently in the process of becoming a Tier 3 OTISS (Oklahoma Tiered Intervention System of Support for academics and behavior) Model School for the State of Oklahoma.”

Lynne Rowley, executive director of elementary education, said focus has been increased across the grade levels in other areas in addition to reading and math.

“We are going to be utilizing our district science and social studies content specialists to work with teachers across the grade levels,” Rowley said. “Staff has been reassigned in one school.”

Text Only
Education
  • OBU dance team celebrates National Dance Day

    In 2010, “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe created National Dance Day in an effort to help people embrace dance and combat obesity on the last Saturday in July.
    This year, on July 26, Oklahoma Baptist University’s dance team will host a fundraiser that allows participants to dance all day for $30. The fundraiser will be in the Noble Complex on OBU’s campus.
    Cami Gower, an OBU junior and co-captain/co-founder of the dance team, said the team’s officers have been planning for their upcoming season since April. Gower is a graduate of Deer Creek High School.
    “Since then we have been coming up with better ways to reach the community with dance,” she said. “This day of dance was a great way to do it and help the team raise funds.”

    July 24, 2014

  • OCU alumna earns honor society fellowship

    Oklahoma City University alumna Neilee Wood was awarded a fellowship from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

    July 21, 2014

  • Wu OKLAHOMA SUMMER ARTS INSTITUTE ATTENDEES

    The Oklahoma Arts Institute is a private, nonprofit organization developed in 1977, with a mission to provide exceptional multidisciplinary arts experiences that develop individual talent and inspire a lifelong passion for the arts. OAI administers a program for talented Oklahoma youth every June and a series of continuing education workshops for adults every fall.
    Following are nine biographies of the 41 Edmond-area students who attended the prestigious Summer Arts Institute. The students worked with award-winning artists in nine areas of the literary, visual and performing arts. Biographies were published in each Tuesday MidWeek and Saturday Weekender edition of The Sun through July.

    July 21, 2014 3 Photos

  • North senior wins Edward C. Joullian III Scholarship

    Kassidy Gary, a senior from Edmond North High School, recently received the Oklahoma State Fair’s Edward C. Joullian III Scholarship. Gary’s accomplishment was recognized at the State Board of Education’s May meeting.

    July 21, 2014

  • Washington University in St. Louis names Dean’s List

    YuJing Wang of Edmond was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2014 semester at Washington University in St. Louis.

    July 21, 2014

  • Missouri State releases spring 2014 graduation list

    Missouri State University conferred 2,381 degrees to students during its three spring commencement ceremonies May 16 at JQH Arena. Matthew D. Iver, received an Administrative Studies/Homeland Security MS degree.

    July 21, 2014

  • NSU names area student to President’s Honor Roll

    Northeastern State University has announced students named to the NSU president's honor roll for the spring 2014 semester.

    July 21, 2014

  • OSU sorority recognized at national convention

    Members of the Beta Zeta chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta at Oklahoma State University networked with counterparts and accepted two awards on behalf of the chapter before returning from the sorority's national convention in Orlando, Florida, earlier this month. The OSU chapter received the Silver Kite Award for Overall Chapter Excellence and the runner-up position for the Excellence in Recruitment Award.

    July 21, 2014

  • Choir UCO Concert Choral invited to perform at international music festival

    The University of Central Oklahoma Concert Choral will perform at the Fifth Annual Campina Grande International Music Festival in Brazil July 20-27. The UCO Concert Choral is one of only four university choirs invited to perform at this festival.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • UCO campus 3.jpg University of Central Oklahoma recognized as having friendly work environment

    The Chronicle of Higher Education named the University of Central Oklahoma as one of the “2014 Great Colleges to Work For.” Central is the only higher education institution in the state recognized on the list and one of only a handful of institutions in the nation given the distinction of being named to the Honor Roll for being cited most often among all the recognition categories.          
    Central joins Duke, Baylor and Notre Dame on the list of the 10 universities named to the large institution honor roll.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo