22 August 2003
The "No Child Left Behind" legislation mandates that each state prepare a list of low-performing schools each year. Oklahoma's list was issued yesterday and contains 51 schools (of about 1800), including eleven in the Tulsa district and eleven more in the Oklahoma City district. (The OKC list technically includes 14 schools, but three of them were closed after last school year.) There were 30 schools on last year's list; thirteen schools have been on the list for four years and theoretically could be closed if there is no improvement in year five.
The Oklahoma City district will send a report to parents of students in those eleven underperforming schools next week; parents wishing to have their students transferred to another school must file a request before 2 September.