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School district rates above average in student learning

Yukon Public Schools graded above average on the recently released A-F School Grading System instituted by the State Board of Education to measure student learning.

The individual school grades are as follows:

Central Elementary – B; Myers Elementary – A; Shedeck Elementary – B-; Surrey Hills Elementary – A; Parkland – A+; Skyview – A+; Independence Elementary – B; Lakeside Elementary – A; Yukon Middle School – B; Yukon High School – B. No school in the district scored below a “B-.”

“This is the first time since the report card has been implemented by the state that we have no ‘C’ schools,” said Assistant School Superintendent Dr. Sheli McAdoo.” We’re super excited and very proud.”

According to the State Board of Education: “Oklahoma’s A-F School Grading System is based on the concept that parents and community members should be able to quickly and easily determine how local schools are doing. The report card is a measurement for challenging students and communities to strengthen the effectiveness and performance of public schools.”

Adopted into law by the Oklahoma Legislature in 2011, it is “designed to incentivize schools to reach high levels of college and career-readiness. It shows how students within a school are meeting or advancing toward grade-level academic standards in a framework that anyone can understand.”

The report card system may not be used in the future, however, due to new assessments being developed by the state to judge student learning.

“The State Department of Education is in the process now of working with an assessment task force or committee and probably in December they are due for a presentation to the state board about what the next assessment pieces are going to look like. That would give us a glimpse at the A-F report card and what it may become throughout the course of next year.”

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was passed by Congress in December 2015 as a new standardized evaluation system to replace the “No Child Left Behind Act.”

It will allow states to develop their own method of testing and is currently in a transition phase due to go into effect for the 2017-2018 school year. The new testing method will allow states to put their own educational standards in place, according to Yukon Public Schools Curriculum and Assessment Director Kathy Davis.

Meanwhile, McAdoo has praise for students and the Yukon community as well. “We’re extremely proud of our teachers and our schools,” she said. “They’ve really done a lot of great work.”

“This is a really dedicated group of people in Yukon in general, and our teachers and administrators. They’re definitely very focused and are working really hard to make sure that kids are being served and that they are getting what they need every day.”

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