Students at "A+" Schools Outperform Others!

"A+" Schools in Oklahoma draw national attention, steady stream of observing teachers and administrators, with its emphasis on the arts, and strong evaluation focus. Here is an excerpt:

"In 2010, Oklahoma A+ Schools issued a five-volume re

port on data collected by researchers from 2002 to 2007. It found that participating schools, on average, “consistently outperform their counterparts within their district and state on the [Oklahoma] Academic Performance Index,” a measure that relies heavily on student-achievement data.

The study also found other benefits, including better student attendance, decreased disciplinary problems, and more parent and community engagement. But it found the level of fidelity to the A+ essentials uneven, with those schools that adhered most closely seeing the strongest outcomes."