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November 6, 2013

Four Norman elementaries receive D in A-F report card amid criticism of state formula

NORMAN — Three Norman schools dropped in their letter-grade report from C’s in 2012 to D’s, state education officials announced Wednesday.

Adams, Kennedy and Lakeview elementaries received lower letter-grade reports than they did last year. Additionally, new school Ronald Reagan Elementary received a D-.

The State Department of Education released newly revised A-F letter-grade report cards Wednesday for every public school in Oklahoma.

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.

The grading formula for letter-grade reports underwent changes as the result of House Bill 1658. Under the bill, school’s grades are based on 50 percent whole school performance, 25 percent whole school growth and 25 percent growth in the bottom quartile of students. The scale is as follows, based on percentages:

· A+: 97 to 100

· A: 93 to 96

· A-: 90 to 92

· B+: 87 to 89

· B: 83 to 86

· B-: 80 to 82

· C+: 77 to 79

· C: 73 to 76

· C-: 70 to 72

· D+: 67 to 69

· D: 63 to 66

· D-: 60 to 62

· F: 59 and below

Cleveland Elementary and Norman High School received A’s. Roosevelt Elementary received an A-, as did Norman North High School and McKinley Elementary.

Jan Astani, who has a son at Whittier and a son at Norman North (both of which attended Truman Elementary when it was one school), said she was happy to see the ratings of her sons’ schools, but she doesn’t put a lot of value on the grading system because she wasn’t sure of the formula used to determine grades.

“My sons have only gone to Norman schools, and from our experience, the teachers are doing the best they can,” Astani said.

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+ and Whittier Middle School B+.

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