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October 25, 2012

Most county schools above average

State releases A-F grades for 1,752 public schools

CLAREMORE — The majority of Rogers County schools received grades of C or better Thursday when the State Board of Education released report cards on the Oklahoma’s 1,752 public schools.

More than 90 percent of schools across the state received a grade of C or higher, with nearly 50 percent receiving a B.
Two Rogers County schools received A’s — Claremore Sequoyah Middle School and Oologah-Talala Lower Elementary School.
One county school received a D grade — Foyil Elementary School.
All of Claremore’s schools received a B, with the exception of Claremont Elementary. 
The Oklahoma State Board released the A-F school report cards Thursday.  More than 90 percent of the state’s schools received a C or higher, with nearly 50 percent receiving a B.
Report card grades were posted after the state board unanimously voted to delay the release earlier this month.
According to the Oklahoma Department of Education’s report card guide, 33 percent of the grade comes from school’s overall performance, including  student attendance and dropout rates.  
Another 33 percent comes from student student achievement, with 17 percent coming from overall student growth.  The remaining is from the progress of the school’s bottom 25 percent of students.
Out of the 32 schools in Rogers County, Oologah-Talala Elementary and Sequoyah Middle School were the only two to receive an A.  In addition, there were 21 schools that scored a B, eight scored a C and two schools received a D.
Claremore Superintendent Mike McClaren said the district is never satisfied with the school’s report card grades because there is always room for improvement.
Along with the majority of schools in Rogers County, Claremore plans to appeal the evaluation.
“There are a few questions we have regarding the overall grading of our schools,” said McClaren.  “We just want to make sure there is a fair representation.”
McClaren said he liked the former 1500 API index style of grading better because the system had a much finer differentiation.
“We have to have a foundation and need to be able to understand why we are being graded the way we are,” he said.

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