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TPS parents, teachers upset with district report card

Posted at 6:33 PM, Nov 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-26 19:33:39-05

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Public Schools received good and bad news from this year's Oklahoma School Report Cards. Many schools are not making the grade, but more schools improved their grades than those that went down.

The good news: 10 schools increased their grades from last year. TPS was the only district in Tulsa County with high schools improving their marks.

The bad news: 28 schools received an overall 'F' grade, which was seven more than last year. Parents and teachers were disappointed with many of the marks, and say they don't reflect the effort teachers are putting in to the classrooms.

"It makes me sad because automatically the first thing everyone thinks is we're doing a disservice to our children... and I do not think we're doing a disservice to our children," Sally Perez said. "The teachers, the classrooms are just amazing. The kids are listening, they're learning."

On a district-wide level, the report shows only 18 % of students meeting or exceeding their standards on state tests. The report showed the district is one of the lowest in the state when it comes to students in good attendance, but parents and teachers say that's based on factors out of the schools' control.

"I still don't think it's fair. As a parent I don't think it's fair, and for the community I don't think it's fair," Perez said.

In a statement to 2 Works for You, TPS noted higher scores in English language proficiency and post-secondary opportunities indicator.

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