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Website grades performance of Oklahoma schools

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Oklahoma parents now have a new tool to evaluate the performance of the public schools in their community.

The State Board of Education on Thursday unveiled Oklahoma School Report Cards, an online tool that lets users search for schools by address, school name, district name or county.

For instance: Clicking on Bryan County on the map displays a list of 23 schools. Clicking on a school name displays a "report card" providing A through F grades of academic achievement, graduation percentage, English language proficiency, chronic absenteeism and postsecondary opportunities along with an overall grade for the school compared with other Oklahoma schools.

Overall, Oklahoma schools received a grade of C compared with other states.

Here is how selected high schools in the KTEN viewing area ranked:

Superintendent Joy Hofmeister says the new grading system approved by the board on Thursday was designed to correct previous flaws in the system and provide a more comprehensive overview of school performance.

Critics have said letter grading systems typically are closely tied to poverty and tend to oversimplify a school's performance.

OklaSchools.com was established to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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