EDMOND — Brenda McDonald knows her students' parents expected better.
McDonald, principal of Ida Freeman Elementary in Edmond, said she was extremely dissatisfied when she saw the C grade her school earned in the statewide school evaluation released last week by the state Education Department.
The grade the school received was the lowest in the district; Ida Freeman was the only Edmond school that scored below a B.
Schools were evaluated on student performance, student growth and whole school performance. In addition to the overall letter grade each school received, schools were assigned letter grades in five subject areas: reading, math, science, social studies and writing.
Ida Freeman's core classes grades were as follows: writing: B, math: C, science: C, reading: C and social studies: F.
“I think we were all very disappointed,” McDonald said. “I have a great group of teachers, students and staff; this is not what we expected.”
Amanda Boulden, whose daughter is a fourth-grader at Ida Freeman, said she was surprised by the grade because she has always thought highly of the school and its teachers.
“We love Ida Freeman and we have friends that have kids in other schools and they always say how they like the sound of our school,” Boulden said. “I'm just kind of blown away it was so low.”
McDonald said she learned of her school's grade in August and immediately went to work trying to improve the areas that needed it most.
McDonald said the F is social studies was likely because of a circumstance last year when one of her three fifth-grade teachers' short term absence turned into a longer one, which resulted in a substitute teacher leading the class for an extended period.