The list of low performing schools in Oklahoma drops

Thursday, August 18th 2005, 10:28 am
By: News On 6

There are fewer low-performing schools in Oklahoma than last year.

The state Department of Education released this year's school improvement list on Thursday. 124 schools did not meet state benchmarks for the second year in a row, putting them on the federal needs improvement list, but that's 20 less than last year.

Tulsa Public Schools has a reason to celebrate; two schools have come off the list. Mark Twain and Bryant Elementary are the first schools to make it off the list, since the No Child Left Behind law passed. There are still 35 schools on the list, but Tulsa Public Schools says 21 of them met state benchmarks and are poised to come off the list next year, if they continue to improve.

TPS says 14 schools missed the mark this year. Six met academic goals but didn't meet attendance or graduation rate requirements.

To read the news release from the state Department of Education and find out about your school district you can visit the department's web site.