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Alpha Plus Heroes: Cherokee Elementary School


Pictured from left to right: Dr. McIntosh, Dr. Harris, Mrs. Casarez, Mrs Cranford, and Alpha Plus facilitator Christopher Staton.
Teachers at Cherokee Elementary School in Muskogee participate in Data Team Meeting with Alpha Plus Facilitator Chris Staton. Cherokee Elementary uses "Success with OAS" for reading and math to make sure their students' academic needs are met. Alpha Plus Online provides real-time data by OAS objective to help educators individualize instruction and intervention throughout the year.

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Alpha Plus Heroes: Bishop Elementary School


Pictured above left: Mr. Mays welcomes every student as they arrive at school each morning.
Pictured right and below:  Using Alpha Plus materials, 1st and 2nd grade teachers at Bishop Elementary School review student data and create remediation plans for their students. They make use of both the Alpha Plus Online Assessments and the Alpha Plus Resources website.

  • Written by Oklahoma teachers, student workbooks align solely to the Oklahoma Academic Standards (OAS) not to any national core curricula.
  • Addressing research-based elements of effective lesson planning - teachers are provided real-world connections, guided practice, independent practice, continuous review or practice, and extension activities for OAS objectives that will be measured by the state.

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Alpha Plus Online Formative Data

LeAnn Alpha Plus Online

LeAnn discusses with her educators how to access and use Alpha Plus Online software to determine formative data online (on the big screen) and how to download Standard Based Report Cards for each student (on laptop screen).

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Did You Know?

DYK Debo

In Oklahoma history, teacher and scholar Angie Debo used her study of Native American history to innovate new research methods that are widely used today.

Angie Debo: Pioneer in Native American History

In January 1890, Angie Elbertha Debo was born in Kansas. At the age of nine, she and her family moved to Indian Territory. They settled in the small town of Marshall, about fifty miles north of what would become Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma School Report Cards suspended: Identifying learning gaps more critical than ever

CONTACT: Jan Barrick or Rachel Watson, (405) 842-8408, or Wendy Pratt, (405) 437-8204

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - When the Oklahoma State Board of Education approved suspending school report card grades this school year because of the disruption of COVID-19, the context and consequences were clear to a local expert in assessment and school improvement.

“Since state test scores comprise about three-fourths of any school’s report card grade, it makes sense the state would not make A-F calculations,” explained Jan Barrick, CEO of Alpha Plus Educational Systems.

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We Use Data to Help Schools on the Way to an A!

Teachers and administrators can quickly and easily identify students who need more help learning the Oklahoma Academic Standards.

Alpha Plus pinpoints the SPECIFIC OAS objectives or "gaps" students have from previous years, then helps school teams address each objective throughout the year.

That is why Alpha Plus schools have OUTPERFORMED the state average every year of the A-F Report Cards.