45 Oklahoma schools fail to make grade

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - State education officials say 45 schools in the state failed to make adequate progress for two or more consecutive years.

The list of underperforming schools includes 14 in Oklahoma City and 11 in Tulsa. The only other districts with more than one school on the list are Tulsa Union and Cave Springs.

The 45 schools needing improvement is down from 53 in 2007.

Schools are judged in math, reading, percent of students taking state exams, and graduation rate for high schools or attendance rate for other schools.

Schools that have progressed to the "year four" category on the list have to go through a restructuring plan to try to improve.

The plan can include replacing staff, becoming a charter school or allowing the state to take over the school.

Schools must meet certain benchmarks for two years in a row to come off the list.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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