OK A-F report cards not received well by some

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"No one really likes to be known as less than perfect of course. And my children they do, do well in school and the reason is because we support not only the [school] system but we support our children."

Madill parent, Robert Holliday, says although the city's schools didn't receive a perfect "A" (Madill high school received a B- the middle school a D, and elementary a C), he still has faith in the teachers and school officials.

"I think it's going to take a while for the school system to gather up what they need to improve that," says Holliday.

"The A-F is really invalid. It serves no utilitarian purpose for us. It takes into account several things, but it doesn't take into account demographics...it doesn't take into account socio-economic issues." (Tuck)

Madill public schools superintendent, Jon Tuck, says the diversity and education backgrounds of the students in comparison to other area schools is not taken into account.

"It's just hard to put a real simple A-F grade on something that's just not that simple."

Principals say, even if they had received an A+, they still wouldn't feel good about the system.

"If I had an A I don't know that I would be all that exciting. And I'm not all that excited that we have a C + either."

Ardmore highschool principal, Kim Hollard, also believes the system is flawed and there are too many variables not taken into account, like the growth of each student individually.

Holland says, "At the end of the day we think it's about improvement more than just an artificial score."

Holliday says the scores don't just reflect on teachers and students, but on parents' involvement as well.

"Everyone really would like to do well, but it's going to take all of us to make that happen."


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