Allen schools see mixed results on A-F report cards

Allen schools saw mixed results on this year’s A-F report cards, which are designed to give parents and students an easily understood snapshot of how their schools are doing.

Allen Elementary School received an overall grade of D on its A-F report card for 2018-19, while Allen High School earned a B.

Oklahoma’s new school accountability system grades elementary and junior high schools in up to four categories, including academic achievement and academic growth. High schools are graded in up to five categories, including graduation rates and post-secondary education opportunities.

Each category is assigned a certain number of points and given an overall letter grade. All points are combined for a total of 90 points, producing an overall grade.

Here’s a breakdown of how Allen schools fared:

• Allen Elementary School received Ds in academic achievement and academic growth, and a C for chronic absenteeism. The school did not receive a grade in English language proficiency. The overall grade was D.

• Allen High School: earned a C in academic achievement, an A in graduation rates, a B in chronic absenteeism and a D in post-secondary opportunities. The school received an overall grade of B.

Allen Superintendent Jeff Hiatt was not immediately available for comment Wednesday.

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The Oklahoma Department of Education has issued A-F report cards for public schools for several years, but complaints that the old accountability system was seriously flawed prompted the state to stop issuing the report cards in 2016. The state then developed a new system, which was used to generate report cards for the 2018-19 school year.

The new system is based on the principle that all students can grow and every school can improve, according to the State Department of Education.

The report cards are designed to give students and parents an easily understood snapshot of how schools are doing without focusing on a single score or letter grade, according to the Department of Education. However., federal law mandates that schools be grouped in at least three overall categories — and Oklahoma education officials decided to use five categories to make differentiating among schools easier.

The report cards are available at oklaschools.com, which can be searched by a school, district address or county.

Eric Swanson is the City Hall and general assignment reporter for The Ada News. He spent 15 years working at the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, before joining The Ada News’ staff in 2012.