ARDMORE, Okla. -- Ardmore Schools are facing criticism that comes in the form of an advertisement put out by one local group. Teddy Safo has the story.
With kids returning from the holiday break on Monday, school has definitely been on parent's minds this week, but some local concerned citizens are trying to put school performance on everyone's mind with a very vocal newspaper ad.
Members of “Ardmore Neighborhood Schools” say, based on the school’s academic performance last year, the schools are in serious trouble
"I believe that it’s due to the best teachers leaving the system and the best students going to other schools," says Elmer Hoyle, with the group “Ardmore Neighborhood Schools”.
Ardmore’s total score on the Academic Performance Index (API) in math and reading is 1146, the lowest in Carter County. Lone Grove schools had the second best in Carter County at 1347.
Elmer Hoyle blames the difference in scores on Ardmore school administrators
"They ignore the signs of deterioration."
Now members of the Ardmore Neighborhood Schools committee recently took out an ad in the local paper which says in bold print, “Ardmore schools are in serious trouble,” they say because of underperformance. However, administrators say those numbers do not tell the whole story.
Administrators say the performance numbers do not take into consideration Ardmore’s school size, which includes school attendance, and several of their school programs like 'English Learners Language,’ which several of the area schools don’t have.
Officials say despite those numbers, Ardmore’s middle school numbers have improved drastically over the last three years
"Together with our teachers and our parents we have over come that deficit by 290 points," Ardmore school administrator Ron Beach says.
Ardmore’s graduation rate sits at 71%. Even though they would like to see those numbers go up, administrators say 46% of their students that graduate complete college, which is the highest in Carter County.