“We are reviewing the data contained in the recently released School Report Cards. Comparing the results from last year and looking for areas of change is possibly more difficult this year than it will be in the future. We should be mindful that last year’s report cards were not released until late February. This allows little time to utilize the data for any instructional changes. The characteristics of each community will naturally affect the scores.
Some of the characteristics of our district which always affect our overall achievement include a greater percentage of students receiving services in special education than the state average as well as a greater percentage of students receiving free or reduced meals. This is the federal determinant of students living in poverty. Another characteristic that is revealed in this report card is our growing population of students identified as English Language Learners or ELL students. These students live in a household where English is typically not the predominate language spoken. We will continue to utilize this data along with other relevant measures to determine how to best allocate resources so we can continue to grow our students academically.
One area of concern that continues to resonate from the report cards is our rate of chronic absenteeism. Chronic absenteeism for each student is defined as missing class more than 10% of the time throughout the school year. All absences (excused or unexcused) are considered to determine if a student is chronically absent. We as a community must strive to improve the attendance of our students. Chronic absenteeism is a great barrier to achievement of at risk students. Studies have shown that chronically absent kindergarten students score 20% lower in reading and math in later grades and are twice as likely to be retained in later years. Those habits typically lead to high school dropouts. Those items go hand in hand for at risk students succeeding.
I’m very proud of our staff who work everyday to mold the lives of our students for a bright future.”
The report cards are available at the following link: https://oklaschools.com/