Dear Union Parents, Staff, and Community,
After a two-year hiatus, the Oklahoma State Department of Education on Feb. 28, 2019, released school report cards using a new methodology. Previously, Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister had admitted that the past A-F school grades were not a true representation of the effectiveness of Oklahoma schools.
The new system features grades for multiple school performance indicators and highlights student achievement gaps as well as measurements for academic achievement in statewide tests, English language proficiency, and chronic absenteeism. There are also measurements detailing academic growth for elementary and middle schools in addition to graduation rates and post-secondary opportunities for high schools.
In the interest of transparency, we are posting a link to the latest school report cards. Learning is a complex process involving many variables. Therefore, a simple letter grade is not representative of the heroic work being performed in our schools by our teachers and staff.
While the new accountability system makes an effort to address the complexities of education and mitigate the effects of external variables that are a part of students’ lives, it does not fully accomplish that goal. This is why we will continue to use multiple measures within our new five-year strategic plan to evaluate our academic progress.
Regardless of the grades assigned, we remain committed to the success of your child. While we are proud of Union’s 90% five-year average graduation rate, there is still work to do in our never-ending pursuit of our district’s mission of “100% Graduation, College and Career Ready.”
Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D.