Published Online: January 3, 2006

Oklahoma's State Highlights

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Vital Statistics
Public schools 1,786
Public school teachers 39,253
Pre-K-12 students 626,160
Annual pre-K-12 expenditures $3.8 billion
Minority students 38.5%
Children in poverty 21%
Students with disabilities 14.9%
English-language learners 6.4%

Summary of Grades

Oklahoma scores above average in three of the four graded policy categories in Quality Counts.

In standards and accountability, Oklahoma earns full credit for holding schools accountable for their performance. However, it shows room for improvement in the area of assessments. Although the state has assessments aligned to its standards in all of the four core subject areas, the tests rely heavily on multiple-choice items.

Oklahoma again earns an above-average grade for teacher quality. It scores particularly well for its efforts to provide support and training for new and veteran teachers. But the state has a weaker showing in the area of accountability for teacher quality. For example, Oklahoma does not include information about teacher qualifications on school report cards.

The state’s performance on school climate indicators is average. Oklahoma loses points on school safety because state law does not enforce specific penalties for incidents of school violence. But the state fares relatively well on measures of class and school size. Compared to the average state, a higher percentage of students in Oklahoma attend smaller schools.

The state earns an above-average resource equity grade. Its wealth-neutrality score indicates that poorer districts in the state tend to have higher per-pupil funding levels than do wealthier districts. Oklahoma is one of only 10 states in which this pattern is found.

State Policy Report Card
Oklahoma Avg. State Score
Standards and accountability B+ B-
Efforts to improve teacher quality B C+
School climate C+ C+
Resource equity B- C
Overall Grade B C+
Quality Counts Grading Breakdown
Standards and accountability Points awardedPoints possible
Standards 35.83 40
Assessment 23.18 30
School accountability 30 30
89 100
Efforts to improve teacher quality Points awardedPoints possible
Teacher education and qualifications 30.98 35
Teacher assessment 24.3 30
Professional support and training 19.55 20
Accountability for teacher quality 11.55 15
86 100
School climate Points awardedPoints possible
Engagement 10 15
School safety 14.58 20
Parent involvement 11.7 15
Choice and autonomy 17.5 20
Class size 8.33 10
School size 9 10
School facilities 7.5 10
79 100
Resource equity Points awardedPoints possible
Wealth-neutrality score 33.33 33.3
McLoone Index 25 33.3
Coefficient of variation 21.67 33.3
80 100
Note: Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.

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