The Oklahoma Board of Education approved six public schools Monday that must work with the state Department of Education to improve student performance.
The board chose the six as "priority schools," though delayed action on a seventh school that department officials wanted on the list.
The department initially identified 75 schools as the lowest-performing in Oklahoma in terms of student achievement, then cut the list to seven. The criteria included being in the bottom 5 percent in reading and math scores, having graduation rates below 60 percent and receiving federal School Improvement Grants.
The board agreed with the department to list Keyes Elementary, Farris Public Schools, Okay High School, McLain High School in Tulsa, and Shidler Elementary School and Roosevelt Middle School inOklahoma City.
The board agreed, however, to delay action on Santa Fe South Middle School in Oklahoma City. Superintendent Chris Brewster told the board that evaluators who examined the school were inconsistent, with some saying information in some areas was not provided and others writing notes about the information in those same areas.