7 of Tulsa's 9 high schools are placed on the state's ' need improvement' list

Monday, October 18th 2004, 5:02 pm
By: News On 6

The results of the state's assessment of Tulsa's high schools are in, and not all the numbers are good. The school district announced Monday afternoon seven of its nine high schools are not making the grade.

News on 6 anchor Scott Thompson says Booker T Washington High School and Memorial High School are the only two high schools that are not on the state's "needs improvement" list.

This is the first year that any of Tulsa's High Schools are on the list because this is just the first year the list has existed. To be added to the list schools have to miss minimum requirements in math, reading or attendance for two consecutive years. Some of Tulsa's High Schools failed in all three categories.

The seven high schools on the list include, Central, TSST, East Central, Rogers, Edison, Webster and Hale. Each of the schools that need improvement is tackling the problem with tutoring programs, drop-out, out reach efforts and special achievement incentives.

This is all part of the federal "No Child Left Behind" Act. Tulsa School Superintendent Dr David Sawyer says the state is still considering appeals to some of these numbers. But he doesn't expect the appeals to change which schools are on the needs improvement list.