State releases school report cards for 2018-2019

Taft Elementary was one of five elementary schools to earn an ovaerall B grade on the Oklahoma State Department of Education report card. Glenwood, Hoover, Monroe and Prairie View were the other elementary schools to earn a B grade. (Billy Hefton / Enid News & Eagle)

ENID, Okla. — The Oklahoma State Depart­ment of Education released school report cards for the 2018-2019 school year on Monday.

This marks the second school year using an updated formula to measure performance, which includes more benchmarks than the previous system, and is designed to better track student academic growth over time.

The report cards assign schools an overall letter grade A through F, based on academic achievement, graduation rates, English Language Learner proficiency, chronic absenteeism and secondary opportunities. All grades are distributed on a bell curve, meaning grades earned are relative to the performances of other schools.

Enid High School earned a D grade overall, down from the C earned in 2017-2018. The high school got three D’s, one in academic achievement, one for its graduation rate, and another for English Language proficiency progress. EHS took a C for postsecondary opportunities and an F for chronic absenteeism.

Chronic absenteeism and English Language proficiency were the two categories where EPS was furthest out of line with the rest of the state.

Enid Public Schools’ top performing sites were elementary level, with Glenwood, Hoover, Monroe, Prairie View and Taft elementary schools all earning an overall B grade.

The best performing EPS middle school was Waller, which took a C.

“We believe that test scores are one indicator, but not the only or most important indicator, of student success,” EPS superintendent Darrell Floyd said. “There is so much more to the school experience — academic offerings, quality counseling, the arts, athletics, character education, leadership opportunities, career exploration, college preparation and more.”

The 2017-2018 school year’s report cards were released in February of 2019, not the fall of 2018, giving the district little time to make any adjustments to affect 2018-2019, Floyd said.

“This year, we have placed significant focus on improving ELL services. This includes additional instructional support, translation services and a community resource coordinator,” he said. “These efforts helped inspire our current district theme, Excellence for All. It is more than a motto; it is our commitment to our students and their families.”

The district is looking to address absenteeism with a rewards program, and by reaching out to families of students with poor attendance.

According to EPS, third-grade students scored better than average on state testing in vocabulary, language arts, algebraic reasoning, geometry and measurement. Fourth grade did better than the state average in English and language arts and math, fifth grade did the same in reading, writing and math, and eighth grade was better than average in science.

Sixth grade demonstrated growth in critical reading and writing, and seventh made improvements in reading, writing, research and math.

In early December, Enid Public Schools will be releasing a report of its own, the second annual Plainsmen Points of Pride, looking at some different successes and opportunities and offerings in the district.

Once again, Chisholm Public Schools faired well in the grading process, collecting a pair of B’s for the elementary and high schools and an A for the middle school.

However, none of the Chisholm schools were graded in the English Language proficiency progress category, which is meant to gauge how well non-native English speakers are picking up the language.

For a full list of school report cards for Garfield County, and the rest of Oklahoma, visit oklaschools.com.

Statewide, students did better in math than in 2017-2018 but continued to slip backward in English Language Arts proficiency, according to the department of education.

“We still have challenges and are not yet where we want to be,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said. “The good news is we are on the right track. Individual students are making progress, although too many are not yet college- or career-ready. In any system built on continuous improvement, however, individual student growth is the first sign of success moving forward. These gains indicate we are laying the foundation for future gains at the school, district and state level.”

The graduation rate is up slightly statewide, rising from 82.9% to 83.6%, according to the OSDE, and post-secondary opportunities are improving as participation in internships leapt up 400%.

“This tremendous jump in internships confirms the effectiveness of Oklahoma’s emphasis on college and career readiness,” Hofmeister said.

Meanwhile, academic achievement also dropped in all tested grades across the board.

“As we celebrate individual student growth, we must focus on meeting students where they are and preparing them for the next grade, course or level so that they are successful in life after high school. If we do not make meaningful changes in our instructional practices, we will not see meaningful change in our academic performance,” Hofmeister said.

“If districts have done nothing different than what they’ve always done, they likely saw a drop in their overall letter grade.”

To see report cards for the following schools, click the link by their names:

Enid High Schoolhttps://oklaschools.com/school/1600/

Emerson Middle Schoolhttps://oklaschools.com/school/1119/

Longfellow Middle Schoolhttps://oklaschools.com/school/1181/

Dewitt Waller Middle Schoolhttps://oklaschools.com/school/1203/

Adams Elementary Schoolhttps://oklaschools.com/school/407/

Coolidge Elementary Schoolhttps://oklaschools.com/school/681/

Eisenhower Elementary Schoolhttps://oklaschools.com/school/725/

Garfield Elementary Schoolhttps://oklaschools.com/school/759/

Glenwood Elementary Schoolhttps://oklaschools.com/school/765/

Hayes Elementary Schoolhttps://oklaschools.com/school/793/

Hoover Elementary Schoolhttps://oklaschools.com/school/811/

McKinley Elementary Schoolhttps://oklaschools.com/school/860/

Monroe Elementary Schoolhttps://oklaschools.com/school/870/

Prairie View Elementary Schoolhttps://oklaschools.com/school/885/

Taft Elementary Schoolhttps://oklaschools.com/school/895/

Pioneer-Pleasant Vale High Schoolhttps://oklaschools.com/school/1596/

Pioneer-Pleasant Vale Junior Highhttps://oklaschools.com/school/1276/

Pioneer Pleasant Vale Elementary Schoolhttps://oklaschools.com/school/402/

Chisholm High Schoolhttps://oklaschools.com/school/1573/

Chisholm Middle Schoolhttps://oklaschools.com/school/1112/

Chisholm Elementary Schoolhttps://oklaschools.com/school/377/

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Willetts is education and city reporter for the Enid News & Eagle.
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