Oklahoma City Public Schools Students Improve Behavior and Academic Performance Thanks to Great Expectations

Foundation Provides Professional Training to Teachers and Administrators

Tahlequah, Okla. (Nov. 8, 2011) – Behavior, attendance and academic performance have improved at Oklahoma City Public Schools after implementation of Great Expectations, a school transformation model that emphasizes a climate of mutual respect and academic excellence. Dr. George Kimball, the district’s chief information officer, presented these findings to the Oklahoma City Board of Education last night.

Great Expectations is having a huge impact in our district,” said Karl Springer, superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools. “Our schools that have implemented Great Expectations are showing increased academic performance and decreased discipline referrals.”

During the 2010-11 school year, Oklahoma City Public Schools implemented intensive professional training from Great Expectations in 28 schools. Principals and lead teachers received leadership training and teachers attended Great Expectations Methodology training. In addition, educators had access to mentors and visited Great Expectations model schools. Five elementary schools were deemed model schools, which means more than 90 percent of teachers are fully implementing Great Expectations in their classroom.

To evaluate the impact of this comprehensive school reform, Dr. Kimball compared data from 2010-11 to the prior school year. Suspensions and discipline referrals decreased at Great Expectation schools, with long-term suspensions completely eliminated at the model schools. While attendance rates remained steady at Great Expectation schools, model schools experienced a one percent increase. Better behavior and attendance rates at the Great Expectations schools also resulted in higher average reading and math scores.

“Our mission is to motivate, inspire and challenge individuals to achieve excellence in learning and living,” said Dr. Linda Dzialo, president and CEO of Great Expectations. “This groundbreaking data from Oklahoma City Public Schools validates how professional development through Great Expectations can transform an entire district.”

In 2010, Oklahoma City Public Schools selected Great Expectations as its school reform model for all 55 elementary schools. Great Expectations was implemented in 28 schools in 2010-11, and will be implemented in the remaining 27 elementary schools in 2011-12.

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Over 37,000 educators have attended Great Expectations training since 1991, and more than 200,000 students are taught by Great Expectations teachers in Oklahoma every year.