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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 with the lowest graduation rates
that has not already been designated as Priority or Targeted Intervention.

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 approved February 9, 2012.


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A site improvement plan must be developed and submitted to the Oklahoma State Department of Education that addresses the circumstances which caused the school to be designated as a Focus School. 

  • To request WISE login information, please call (405) 522-3395 or email
  • To login to the WISE Tool and start the planning process Login to WISE

To assist with developing the WISE Plan, the Office of School Turnaround has developed the following resources to be used:

For additional resources, please visit the WISE Webpage developed by the Office of School Turnaround.

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Designation Forms

The ESEA Flexibility waiver states that Focus schools will submit data to the Oklahoma State Department of Education. This data collection is facilitated through the WISE Tool, under a tab labeled Complete Forms. Based on the Focus school designation, there are three different forms that may be completed by a Focus school: Focus School, Year One Designation Form, Focus School, Year Two Made AMOs Designation Form, Focus School, Year Two Did Not Make AMOs Designation Form.

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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. 

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Data is the Key to Unlocking School Turnaround- Regional Conferences

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Last updated on July 9, 2014