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September 19, 2017

B, C+ and D: Luther Schools Report Card released


The Oklahoma State Department of Education Thursday released its “report card” for each public school. It’s been a controversial way to measure the performance of schools and students and will change after this year.

But for now Luther Public Schools 2016 grades are:
Elementary School: B, 84
Middle School: C+, 78
High School: D, 66

Both the elementary and middle school improved their grades, but the high school fell.

2015
Elementary School: C
Middle School: C-
High School: B-

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According to a news release from OSDE, the report cards released today are likely to be the last using the A-F calculations that have been in effect since the 2012-2013 school year. Under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and a new state law, House Bill 3218, the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is developing a new school accountability calculation to take effect in the 2017-2018 school year.

“Our sights are fixed on a stronger school accountability system that will be a more meaningful and accurate measure for Oklahoma schools and districts, one that will better provide contextual information that educators, families and communities need to know about our schools, their academic performance, student growth and progress especially for high-need and at-risk student groups,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said in the news release.

What do the Luther results mean? It’s time for analysis by students, parents, teachers and administrators. We will be asking them for their insight next week, as students take nine-week tests for the 2016-2017 school year.

Luther certainly has done better than the results from 2014 in which the elementary and high schools received F grades, and the middle school received a C-. According to multi-year data, the middle school earned a C- grade for the last three years, and a C+ this year. The Elementary had a C, F, C and a B for 2016. For the high school the grades were C in 2013, then an F, B- and for 2016, a D.

Statewide, this year’s tally included 196 A’s, 455 B’s, 582 C’s, 319 D’s and 213 F’s. By contrast, in 2015, schools earned 212 A’s, 497 B’s, 536 C’s, 333 D’s and 183 F’s.

 

 

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