School site report cards now available via the state department’s website
The Oklahoma State Department of Education recently released report cards for Broken Arrow school sites as part of its school grading system, which can be found at oklaschools.com.
Because of recent changes in academic standards, the Oklahoma State Department of Education is calling this year’s scores “a total reset” and part of a multi-step process in making students more prepared for life after high school.
“We are using the results of this new formula as a baseline to help us measure our progress and continue making strategic decisions regarding areas we can improve,” Associate Superintendent of Instruction Karla Dyess said.
In 2011, the Oklahoma legislature adopted an A-F School Grading System to provide incentives to schools for challenging all students to reach high levels of college and career readiness. This grading system is based on the concept that parents and community members should be able to quickly and easily determine how schools are performing.
The school report card is comprised of four sections: academic achievement, academic growth, English Language Proficiency Assessment progress, and chronic absenteeism for elementary and middle school sites, including the Broken Arrow Freshman Academy. The high school sections include academic achievement, English Language Proficiency Assessment progress, chronic absenteeism, graduation and post-secondary opportunities.
“Chronic absenteeism is new to the formula, and we have already launched a Be Here BA campaign to educate our parents and community on the importance of consistent student attendance,” Dyess said. “We have also started establishing new career pathways for students that guide them to obtain certification, licensure or degrees culminating in high-wage careers and are working to ensure the internships and other opportunities our students have for real-world exposure are classified correctly in this new formula.
“We strongly believe Broken Arrow Public Schools provides one of the best opportunities for education in the region regardless of constantly changing metrics and evaluations.”
The Freshman Academy, Country Lane Primary and the Early Childhood Centers are not required to test so they did not receive an overall grade.
If parents/guardians have questions, they should talk with their student’s principal. To learn more, please visit www.sde.ok.gov/oklahoma-report-card-resources.