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Adams Elementary School

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Posted March 26, 2013

I have gone to Adams since 2nd grade and I am now a 5th grader, I have loved Adams through and through! It is honestly better than the school I went to before was just, HONESTLY!


Posted October 17, 2011

My daughter has been going to Adams since first grade and currently is in 5th. I have been absolutly satisfied with how she has been educated. If I have had a problem I have spoke to the teacher and I have worked it out. Yes, the school may be hispanic,d low income and free and reduce lunch but my child who is english speaking and not free and reduced lunch is doing great and has recieved adequate attention. She is in GT, Chorus, Orchestra, Book Club and her test scores are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2011

I just wanted to compend Mrs.Taylor on what a great job she is doing. Last year I had a large number of disagreements with Mrs.Baxter and felt like she was singling out myself and a few other parents. She had the nerve to tell me that I had to pick my son up across the street and that I couldn't walk up on schoo,l property to get my son! Keep in mind that last year the school did not have cross walk attendents at each cross walk. I almost changed schools had it not been for a new princpal I would of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2011

I love Adams! Yes, their test scores are low. This is not because the teachers are lazy or they do not care. Teachers stay late and come early. They work on week-ends. The low test scores have everything to do with the demographics. When parents have to work two-three jobs it is not always easy to help their kids with homework. Its also difficult to help children with homework when you do not speak English. What I love about Adams is that they teach each child individually. If a third-grader is reading on a fourth grade level they are sent to fourth for reading. Students that are below grade level work with the teacher in small groups as well as individually. The entire staff makes sure that students do not get bored or left behind. Adams is the most welcoming school I have worked with. They encourage parents to come in during the school day. they love volunteers and will do anything to help. I would not send my kids anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2010

Well I do agree with the lack of parental involvement. I am happy with my son's education. Shool has been in session for a little over two months and my son is reading. I have no problems randomly visiting the school, they are no rejections from the school staff. I believe that my child is being educated very well. I receive notes from the teacher daily on behavior, pleasant or unpleasant. The parental involvemnet is improving, I will say.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2010

Adams is the lowest performing school in the district on its student test results, has the highest percentage of kids on government assistance, and is not a very welcoming school for parental involvement. The PTA consists of school employees which is not a good representation of parent input, because the school discourages the parental involvement; maybe not openly, but by the attitude of some of the teachers with their closed door policy and the principal. The G&T teacher is an asset to the school, but as one previous commenter shared, too much of the school resources are focused on catching up the spanish speaking students with the general population.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2010

I have been disappointed overall with this school. Although there are a handful of amazing educators scattered through this school, it has been an overall challenge to get a quality education. This is a title 1 school, a huge portion of the children are low-income and receive discounted/free breakfast and lunch. Also, of all the schools in NPS, Adams has the highest population of Hispanic children. They are from 100% Spanish speaking homes, and so these poor teachers are having to teach this huge group of children how to speak English! This slows down the education process for all of the students in PreK-3rd, until their peers are fluent in English. I feel my children are behind where they could be academically, because they are having to 'wait' for their Spanish speaking peers to catch up. Ms. Baxter IS a great principal. She's made great changes and behavior is improving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

When I looked at the overall rating by this site, i was shocked at how low Adams ranked. We have had such a wonderful experience there. The staff is caring and hard working and there is such a mix of socio-economic levels that makes it more diverse than most other schools in suburban Norman--which I like. The parent involvement is also lower than some others in the district, but those that are there have a team spirit and are genuinely interested in making Adams the best it can be. I've also grown up in this district and you really can't go wrong with any school here. If you are positive, helpful, and attentive, your kids will thrive here. Our three children certainly have!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2008

I'm a former student of Adams Elementary and I've got to say it's the best school I've ever been to and I've been to alot of schools and Adams is hard to beat.


Posted November 17, 2006

Adams has got to be one of the best schools! Parent-teacher involment is number one. My daughter attend school there, I only wish there were more schools like this one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

I have been very happy with this school for all of my kids. My younger kids (2nd and 5th grades) are having some of the same teachers that my HS senior had when she was there. The principal, office staff, music and PE are all still the same and are all wonderful people. It has been great for my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
Scale: % satisfactory or better

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science and writing. The OCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oklahoma. The goal is for all students to score at or above the satisfactory level on the test.

Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % satisfactory or better

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science and writing. The OCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oklahoma. The goal is for all students to score at or above the satisfactory level on the test.

Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
84%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 77% in 2012.

35 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 66% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % satisfactory or better

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science and writing. The OCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oklahoma. The goal is for all students to score at or above the satisfactory level on the test.

Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 62% 59%
Hispanic 26% 14%
Black 6% 9%
Native American 5% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Source: State of Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 167%N/A61%
Special education 29%N/A15%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 State of Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability, 2012-2013

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