, Muskogee, OK


November 14, 2013

Education is team effort

Oklahoma’s A-F report cards on public school performance have drawn a lot of fire.

With three schools scoring an F, Muskogee Public Schools dropped from a C to a D- on the state’s report card.

Opponents doubt the validity of the system. They say the system accomplishes nothing but negatively labeling schools, educators and students. Others say changes in the system make accurate year-to-year comparisons impossible.

State Superintendent Janet Barresi says such complaints are from those in education fighting to maintain the status quo.

Proponents say the grading system is intended to foster more parental involvement by making it easier for parents to see how their child’s school is performing.

That goal is worth building upon. The system itself may be flawed. It has certainly prompted division and controversy, the opposite of that purpose.

Given the poor numbers here, remember three things you can do to help:

• Schools are responsible for teaching our children, but parents are ultimately responsible for their children’s education. Work with your child.

• We need to pull together to see that kids learn. Work with your child’s teachers. Volunteer to help at his or her school.

• Make sure your child arrives at school ready to learn. Children need to be well-rested and fed to be ready for school.

School report cards

2012, 2013

Muskogee Public Schools C, D-.

• Cherokee, D, D-.

• Creek, B, C.

• Ben Franklin Science Academy, C, D.

• Grant Foreman, C, D-.

• Harris-Jobe, C, F.

• Irving, C, C-.

• Pershing, C, D.

• Sadler Arts Academy, B, A-.

• Tony Goetz, B, B.

• Whittier, C, F.

• Alice Robertson Junior High, C, F.

• Muskogee High, B, B-.

Hilldale Public Schools, B, B.

• Lower Elementary, B, B.

• Upper Elementary, C, B.

• Middle School, B, B.

• High School, A, A.

Fort Gibson Public Schools B, B

• Intermediate School, B, C+.

• Early Learning Center, B, C+.

• Middle School, B, B+.

• High School, B, A.

Source: Oklahoma

Department of Education


• To see your child’s school’s complete A-F grade report, visit the Oklahoma State Department of Education website at and use the search option to find the district and school report.

Text Only
AP Video
Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing

Should a federal judge have the power to strike down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage?

     View Results
Featured Ads

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.