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December 7, 2012

Region schools bring home a lot of B's and C's

ENID, Okla. — Schools in the region brought home lots of B’s and C’s on Oklahoma State Department of Education’s newly released district report cards.

Schools in Garfield, Major, Grant, Alfalfa, Woods, Woodward, Blaine and Kingfisher counties got three A’s, 16 B’s and 16 C’s when overall school district grades were released on Wednesday.

Chisholm is one of three regional school districts to get an A. The others are Kingfisher and Waynoka.

Sixteen area school districts were awarded B’s.

Enid is one of 16 area school districts to get a C.

Geary Public Schools got a D.

Roydon Tilley, superintendent of Chisholm Public Schools, said he’s pleased with the accomplishments of Chisholm teachers and students, but knows other districts are striving for excellence as well.

“We’re really excited about our grade,” Tilley said. “Our students and our teachers are working hard. I feel like for the most part schools are working hard. Everybody’s put a lot of time and effort over the last couple years to meet the new standards.”

EPS Superintendent Shawn Hime said the district will continue to emphasize the achievement of each student.

“Our principals and teachers continue to look at each individual student and determine what we can do to maximize his or her achievement,” Hime said. “Across the district, testing data shows that we are making improvement each year, and we will continue that trend. We offer rigorous and advanced coursework that prepares students for the future, and we are proud this year to have two Oklahoma Reward Schools, a National Blue Ribbon School and three National Merit Scholar semifinalists. We are also committed to meeting the needs of those students who come to us with the greatest challenges. Our goal is for every child to reach his or her greatest potential in the classroom.”

Report cards for individual schools were released in late-October. Like the earlier report cards for individual schools, the district report cards give a letter grade based on 33 percent student achievement, 17 percent overall student growth, 17 percent bottom quartile student growth, and 33 percent whole school performance, which includes factors such as attendance, advanced coursework, school climate surveys, parent and community engagement and graduation rates.

District grades are not an average of the school grades, but a calculation of the performance of all the students in the district.

“In a district like Chisholm where you don’t have enough students in the ‘limited knowledge’ and the ‘unsatisfactory’ categories, they count only those that are,” said Tricia Pemberton, spokeswoman for OSDE.

Throughout the state, 20 districts got an A, 216 districts got a B, 242 districts got a C, 42 districts got a D and two districts were given an F.

The overall state grade is a C.

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