The report cards are the pride and joy of elected officials — namely Barresi and Fallin — eager to brag about an accomplishment that makes school districts improve education quality and improve accountability to taxpayers. Unfortunately, these controversy-plagued report cards do neither.
The best outcome of the report cards is to further the discussion about education quality and efficiency, which can be beneficial.
So, congratulations to those schools that scored well. Take pride in the many individual elements that lead to success.
But educators, parents and taxpayers alike would be wise to heed the paraphrased advice of Chisholm Superintendent Roydon Tilley, whose high school scored 103 on the 100-point scale: The report card system has some flaws, but use it as yet another tool in the discussion on improving education.
— Enid News and Eagle
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