An annual report released Thursday by Education Week ranks Oklahoma high for its academic standards, but shows the state continues to underperform in student achievement and per pupil spending.
The Quality Counts report tracks key education indicators, including national exams, and grades the states on their performances and outcomes.
The report gave the state a D grade for K-12 achievement and school finance, but an A for its adoption of academic standards, assessments and accountability measures. State Education Department officials said that while they are happy with the A, the low achievement scores were not surprising.
“The grade confirms what we already knew, that we must change our approach to education,” State Superintendent Janet Barresi said. “While we’re encouraged by the mild gains we see – a narrowing of the achievement gap among students in poverty and improved math and reading scores over a 10-year period -- we’re certainly not satisfied with a state grade of D in the area of K-12 achievement.”
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