The State Department of Education has identified seven schools throughout the state as being among low-performing schools that will be considered as C3 Partnership Schools to increase student achievement. The State Board of Education heard information about the schools at its regular monthly meeting on Thursday.
The State Board will not take action on the seven schools until a special meeting to be held on April 9. The seven are: Keyes Elementary; Farris K-8; Santa Fe South Middle School, in Oklahoma City; Okay High School; and Shidler Elementary School, Roosevelt Middle School, both in Oklahoma City; and McLain High School in Tulsa.
The seven schools were chosen from a list of more than 70 Priority Schools from 40 school districts. Since February, a team of reviewers made up of educators, school administrators and community stakeholders has analyzed information about the Priority Schools in order for today’s recommendations to be made.
“Today's announcement is an important first step as we begin the process of gathering extensive parent, community, educator and student input before moving forward with any future instructional models,” said State Superintendent Janet Barresi.
Priority Schools are the lowest five percent of performing schools in the state, or schools that have low graduation rates or have received School Improvement Grants. C3 Schools are a subset of Priority Schools that have been identified through District Capacity Determinations and interviews with stakeholders to be most in need of intervention.
“Our external review team spent a great deal of time examining these schools and talking to administrators, community members and educators – all with the goal of improving academic achievement for students at these low-performing schools,” said Barresi.
The C3 partnerships will include a variety of new instructional models and interventions, developed in cooperation with the community.