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Piedmont schools receive A’s, B’s on A-F Report Card

By Matt Montgomery

The Piedmont School District was one of 77 districts statewide that received all A’s and B’s on its A-F Report Card from the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Stone Ridge Elementary received the highest score of Piedmont’s seven school sites, with an A+.

The other Piedmont school site grades were as follows: Piedmont Elementary – B; Piedmont Primary – N/A; Northwood Elementary – A; Piedmont Intermediate-B; Piedmont Middle School – B+; Piedmont High School – A.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) released the 2014 A-F Report Card for public schools statewide last week. In this third year of A-F, more than one-third of Oklahoma schools improved their overall score, with 289 receiving A’s. Unfortunately, this year also saw a rise in F schools with 200, or 11 percent, as compared to 163 in 2013.

Mandated by state law, the school grades provide parents, students, businesses and communities with a clear, easily understood snapshot of how local schools are performing.

“The A-F report cards are vital to ensuring accountability. Parents and communities must know what schools are excelling and what schools need additional help,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi. “In so doing, Oklahoma educators and schools can build on successes and focus on particular challenges.”

The 2014 school grades are as follows:
A — 289 (16.1 percent)
B — 473 (26.4 percent)
C — 504 (28.1 percent)
D — 299 (16.7 percent)F — 200 (11.1 percent)
No report card — 30 (1.6 percent)

While the A-F calculation essentially remained the same from last year, there were a few modifications.
The Piedmont School District received an A on its 2013 grade.

High school End-of-Instruction (EOI) tests taken by middle school students only counted for middle school and not high school, as previously had been the case.

Moreover, middle school students taking an EOI in math were not required to also take the grade-level math assessment.

In contrast to 2013, the A-F calculation this year factored in advanced coursework and year-to-year growth for high school bonus categories, such as graduation rates.

Eleven districts with more than one school site received all A’s: Amber-Pocasset, Thomas-Fay-Custer Unified, Arapaho-Butler, Burlington, Freedom, Lomega, Mountain View-Gotebo, Reydon, Ripley, Tushka and Waynoka.

Fifteen single-site districts received an A: Banner, Bishop, Cottonwood, Flower Mound, McCord, Moffett, Oakdale, Pioneer, Deborah Brown Community School (Tulsa), Dove Science Academy (Oklahoma City), Dove Science Academy Elementary School (Oklahoma City), Harding Charter Preparatory High School (Oklahoma City), Harding Fine Arts Academy (Oklahoma City), KIPP Reach College Preparatory (Oklahoma City) and Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences.

Seventy-seven districts received entirely A’s or B’s.

Barresi emphasized that the A-F grades enhance accountability and are not a punitive measure.

“This is about empowering parents and students,” said Barresi. “These grades do not tell the entire story of a school, nor are they intended to. But they do provide an important and concise look at how a school is performing in terms of academic achievement.”

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