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Parents React To Release Of School Grades By Department Of Education

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Parents of students attending Hilldale Elementary were no pleased with the school's 'D' grade. Parents of students attending Hilldale Elementary were no pleased with the school's 'D' grade.

Parents across the state have been waiting to find out how their child's school stacks up and on Thursday they got the answer.

One of the schools coming up on the short end of the stick was Hilldale Elementary. They received a ‘D'. Parents of students there were told, according to statewide standards, children there will not be adequately prepared.

Putnam City schools were ready to release school grades and hold parent meetings October 8, but the state decided to hold off of releasing the grades.

10/25/2012 Related Story: State Department Of Education Releases Grades For Oklahoma Schools

Spokesperson Steve Lindley says, although the district released grades early, it held off on community meetings.

The district superintendent believes the grading system provides a fair, readable platform and a way to evaluate and improve schools. But parents News 9spoke to aren't convinced.

"I moved my kids here thinking it was one of the best schools in this district, so hearing that it now has a ‘D' is terrible for me. I feel bad," said Anabel Reyes, a Hilldale parent.

Lindley says the district leaders are looking forward to rescheduling meetings, which will begin a conversation with parents explaining what this means and what they can do to improve their kids' school.

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