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Some Oklahoma schools ace new evaluation system

A few Oklahoma school districts received all A's. Leaders attribute the high marks to teamwork among students, teachers, parents and the community.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Published: December 2, 2012
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Turnover is low across the board, he said. Many teachers have logged 20 years or more. The district has had the same agriculture teacher since the early 1970s. Hance is the third superintendent since the district was formed in the mid-1960s.

“It's consistency,” he said. “We're producing good kids out here in Am-Po.”

A group effort

In Custer County, Arapaho-Butler Superintendent Bob Haggard also attributed his district's success to the bond between the district and the community.

Everyone from teachers to school board members has a single goal: to set high expectations for success.

“We've always had high goals,” he said.

Haggard also attributed the high marks to effective teaching, strong parental involvement and dedicated students.

“Regardless of what grading system we use, our achievement is to prepare these kids for life,” Haggard said. “We've always set standards to make sure that happens.”