Grades released for all Oklahoma schools by the Dept of Education

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 10/26/2012 9:58 am Published: 10/25/2012 5:51 pm

State education leaders have released report cards grading all Oklahoma Public Schools.

The Oklahoma Department of Education voted without objection to release the grades using the original formula, despite numerous protests of more than 300 superintendents statewide.

Tulsa Public is just one district that's been fighting the release of the A-F report cards for months now. This is an overall breakdown of its scores.

8 TPS schools received an F, 37 schools received a D, 18 schools got a C, 9 got B's and only 4 TPS schools got an A.

Charles Spaulding is the father of seven children, and four of them attend Bell Elementary school. Although his children's school received a D, his overall opinion hasn't wavered.

"The results that I see for my children are that all my children are reading on grade level or above and are doing well,” he says.

Earlier this month, over 300 school superintendents came together to oppose the way Oklahoma's A through F grading system works. Schools say they aren't opposed to being held accountable, but they say this system is highly discriminatory and holds schools back.

Sheila Armstrong is the principal at Bell and was discouraged by a 'D' letter grade for her school.

"When I found out, I thought this is going to be a hard pill to swallow because our teachers have worked so hard,” says Armstrong.

Many of the children throughout TPS were shuffled to other schools as part of Project Schoolhouse. Armstrong says this in part, took a toll on her students.

"A lot of them have to get acclimated to a new school and new teachers and expectations, and it's been hard on our kids,” she says.

33 of TPS' elementary schools received a 'D' with only 3 receiving an A.

For Spaulding and his family - they will remain at Bell and continue to work towards a higher education.

"If I had concerns about their education at this point, I would definitely be more shook up, but I see the fruit of what's coming out of them," says Spaulding.

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