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Great Conversation goals announced at lawmaker breakfast

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OKC Superintendent Rob Neu chatted with Sen. Ervin Yen following a breakfast hosted by OKC and Tulsa schools. - BEN FELDER
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  • OKC Superintendent Rob Neu chatted with Sen. Ervin Yen following a breakfast hosted by OKC and Tulsa schools.

The results of Oklahoma City Public Schools' Great Conversation were revealed during a breakfast for lawmakers Thursday as Superintendent Rob Neu said the community had picked seven goals for the district to achieve in the coming years.

“We are saying this is what is important and now we are going to measure it,” Neu said. “This will be our A through F report card ... and I ask the Legislature to pay close attention to the work we are doing in these seven areas and help us by passing legislation that will help in these areas.”

Neu, along with Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Keith Ballard, hosted Thursday's breakfast to ask lawmakers for their support in improving urban education in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

“Urban districts have a completely different set of problems,” Ballard said.

A detailed presentation on the Great Commitment will be made June 8 as the district begins to develop a strategy for each goal.

"When you start to look at this, especially the strategies underneath each goal, it really comes to life," Neu said.

Dozens of community forums with educators, parents and community leaders were held over the past several months in an effort to identify the district's biggest challenges, along with determining which core goals OKCPS should strive for. The Great Conversation was one of Neu's largest programs during his first year as superintendent.

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The seven community-wide goals and measures of students success are:

1) Early Literacy and Numeracy: Every child will meet literacy and numeracy readiness criteria for successful transition from pre-k to second grade.

2) Maximizing Instructional Time: Every student will participate in at least 95 percent of the instructional days per school year.

3) Student Engagement and Voice: Every student will play a personal and meaningful role in their own learning, and in the educational decision making of their school, district or community.

4) Mastery of Core Subjects: Every student will meet standards of performance in the core subjects at key transitional grade levels.

5) Accelerated Performance for Under-Performing Groups: Low-performing student groups will perform at a level that closes the opportunity, learning and achievement gaps.

6) Advanced Tech-Literate Courses and the Arts: Every student will complete at least one higher-level course or study outside the core subjects.

7) High School Graduation: Every student will graduate from high school, prepared for success in college or in career-technical fields.

 

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