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Members of the Piedmont High School football team run through blocking drills on the first day of practice at the school in Piedmont, Okla. on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Members of the Piedmont High School football team run through blocking drills on the first day of practice at the school in Piedmont, Okla. on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Good Wednesday morning! Some schools are returning to class this week. This week is also the start of high school football practice. You can view some photos from some school practices here

Oklahoma student proficiency rates are down slightly in almost every grade and subject after a second year of higher academic standards, new state test results show.

The Tulsa World reports that the only exception was an unchanged rate of student proficiency on the seventh-grade math test.

Just 33 percent of third-graders and 28 percent of seventh-graders are now considered proficient or better in English/language arts, compared to 39 percent and 34 percent, respectively, in 2017. And sixth-grade math proficiency fell seven points to 28 percent.

With the release of 2018 Oklahoma School Testing Program results to school districts, State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister included a letter re-emphasizing that the state’s focus has shifted to measuring student growth year over year, not on simple rates of student proficiency from a single test.

Few vacancies in Edmond schools

For the first time in at least four years, Edmond School administrators won't be scrambling to hire teachers on the eve of a new school year.

Superintendent Bret Towne said only eight teaching vacancies remained in the state's third-largest school district

"Our principals have done a great job in hiring," Towne said. Last year almost 25,000 students were enrolled in the district. Edmond Public Schools grows by an estimated 500 students each year. Classes resume Aug. 16.

"We still have a few openings for science, foreign language and special ed teachers," Towne told the Edmond Board of Education during its regular monthly meeting held Monday. "We've even hired a couple of principals from Texas."

Free shots available

Oklahoma Caring Vans will offer vaccines needed for school attendance to qualifying kids ages six weeks to 18. The shots are free to children who are uninsured, eligible for Medicaid, or American Indian. They are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Here is a list of locations

That does it for today's Morning Bell. Got a question, comment or story idea? Shoot me an email at bfelder@oklahoman.com.

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Members of the Piedmont High School football team run through blocking drills on the first day of practice at the school in Piedmont, Okla. on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018.    Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Members of the Piedmont High School football team run through blocking drills on the first day of practice at the school in Piedmont, Okla. on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

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Ben Felder

Ben Felder is an investigative reporter for The Oklahoman. A native of Kansas City, Ben has lived in Oklahoma City since 2010 and covered politics, education and local government for the Oklahoma Gazette before joining The Oklahoman in 2016.... Read more ›

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