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Focus School Designation and Exit Criteria

Designation Criteria:

The 10% of schools that either:

(1) Have the lowest performance for any of the three lowest achieving subgroups (English Language Learners (ELL), African American, and/or Individualized Education Plan (IEP))within each grade span for reading and mathematics; or

(2) Have the lowest graduation rate for either of the two subgroups (African American or Hispanic) with the lowest graduation rates that has not already been designated as Priority or Targeted Intervention.

(3) Was previously designated as Focus and has not met exit criteria (met AMOs for two consecutive years in Focus category).

Exit Criteria:

Make AMOs in the student subgroup(s) for which the school was identified as a Focus School, based on the State’s new Differentiated Accountability, Recognition, and Support System for two years; and

Not meet the criteria for Focus School status for any other subgroup of students.

Definitions and exit criteria taken from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility waiver that was ammended

on November 20,2104


Data Reviews

The purpose of conducting Data Reviews is to analyze school benchmark assessment data at the student level in reading, mathematics, and other content areas and to analyze how performance relates to the state standards/Oklahoma Academic Standards. Other data to be reviewed may include student behavior and professional activities. 



Last updated on June 4, 2015