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November 19, 2013

Grading technology centers

NORMAN — In response to a question, Moore-Norman Technology Center School Superintendent Jane Bowen jokingly gave her school an A+ grade Monday morning at the Norman Chamber of Commerce education breakfast.

The state’s 29 career technology schools aren’t part of the state Department of Education’s A-F school grading system, but they have performance and accountability measures built in, including follow-ups with former students.

Bowen said 88 percent of MNTC students pass their national certification examinations. It would be higher, but some fields do not have such rankings.

She said the technology centers in Oklahoma are experiencing a “career tech renaissance.”

Former students are asked if they are working and how much they earn or if they have chosen to attend college. That’s the benefit of career tech in Oklahoma. Graduates are work-ready and are trained in career fields that are hiring, and they aren’t always saddled with mountains of student debt.

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