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Oklahoma Grades Schools and Many Score D's and F's

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   Some Oklahoma schools have received D's and F's on a state report card.

     It's a problem across the state where only sixteen  percent of schools earned "A's" while eleven  percent failed.

     That includes Wyandotte middle school.

School officials  hope to change that  and  their elementary scored higher than many others.

At Wyandotte middle the principal says getting an “F” is, "It's a gut wrencher  but on the flip side we kind of anticipated."

The principal, Stacy Sloan,  says the report card doesn't reflect some significant progress made. Showing a test results grid she says,  "This is 4th grade 4th month math level,  she's a 7th grader.  When she tested a month and a half later, she tested at a sixth grade second month level.  So she made a year and eight months gain but state wise that wasn't enough  because she's not at the 7th grade math level."

Students now have planners letting parents know assignments and tests  so they can help students at home plus the district added more instruction.

Superintendent Troy Gray says,  "We've hired a full time reading teacher so now  our kids have six more hours of reading in middle school   than they did in the past. We have computer programs we go through

 analyzing data tracking those kids."

Principal Stacy Sloan also says they are adding both before and after school tutoring, including transportation.

 While Wyandotte middle school works to improve its grade  other area elementaries scored D's including Commerce, Quapaw and several in  Miami.   The elementary  at Wyandotte scored a b minus.

Principal Carla Lyons says,

"We departmentalized our 4th and 5th grade, where teachers can focus on one subject."  That also prepares students for transitioning to middle school where class changes are more common.

Lyons and the superintendent  also credit the move to common core objectives three years ago. Those are  put into practice with hands on activities like a  factorization mobile. 

Lyon says, "We believe  that was part of the reason for the skills,  and going deeper and the materials we use exposing kids to a wide range of vocabulary." 

Superintendent Gray says of Common Core, "Our teachers have become better, our  students have become more engaged so there's a lot of positives."

 And that brings hope that incoming middle school  students won't have to make up as much ground.

Principal Sloan says, "They're truly comprehending  what they're trying to get across, so when they come to middle school and  we can build on that."

You can  check your Oklahoma school's report card. Just click here.   or here http://afreportcards.ok.gov/

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