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Opinion

December 7, 2012

A ‘B’ rating for Norman

NORMAN — The letter grades handed out to public schools by the state Department of Education this past month contained few surprises. District administrators had warned patrons that the grades would likely follow socio-economic lines. Those schools with many challenges would score low.

Now, the state department has released grades for entire districts, with Norman, Moore and Noble receiving “B” grades, Lexington and Little Axe receiving “C” grades and Robin Hill earning the county’s only “A” district.

Twenty-three Oklahoma districts received “A” ratings and two received “F”s. Oklahoma City and Tulsa districts received “D”s. Edmond scored an “A.” District administrators have said the process assigns a simple letter grade to what amounts to a complicated set of variables. The state’s formula doesn’t reflect progress made in state-mandated areas.

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