Report cards offer snapshot of Stonewall schools' performance

Stonewall High School yearbook student staff members Melissa Johnson and Cassandra Sanderson work in their classroom March 28. The school received an overall grade of B on its new Oklahoma School Report Card.

Stonewall Elementary School received an overall D grade on its new Oklahoma School Report Card, while McLish Middle School earned a C and Stonewall High School had a B.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education released the report cards, which give students and parents an easily understood snapshot of how their schools are doing, in late February. The system uses a variety of indicators to measure school performance.

Elementary and junior high schools are graded in up to four categories, including academic achievement and academic growth. High schools also receive grades in those categories, as well as graduation rates and post-secondary educational opportunities.

Stonewall schools received the following grades on their report cards:

• Stonewall Elementary School earned Ds in academic achievement and academic growth, and a C in chronic absenteeism. Overall grade: D.

• McLish Middle School received a D in academic achievement and Cs in academic growth and chronic absenteeism. Overall grade: C.

• Stonewall High School received As for academic achievement and graduation rates, an F in chronic absenteeism and a D in post-secondary opportunities. Overall grade: B.

Attempts to reach Stonewall Superintendent Kevin Flowers for comment Thursday were unsuccessful.

School performance

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act and a 2016 state law required the state Department of Education to develop a new school accountability system, according to the Department of Education. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister convened a task force, which included a variety of education stakeholders, to revamp the old system.

The new system is designed to correct problems with the old system and provide a more comprehensive picture of schools, according to the Department of Education

“At the core of the Oklahoma School Report Cards is the belief that all students can grow and all schools can improve,” the DOE said on the school report card site. “While no student report card tells the full story of a child, no school report card tells the full story of a school. Education is far more than s single score or letter grade, but it is important that families and communities can see both strengths and areas that need support and improvement.”

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.