A-F school grades released
OKLAHOMA CITY (KFAQ) - The Oklahoma State Board of Education has released letter grades for every public school in the state despite objections from some parents and school administrators who say the grading system is flawed.
The grades score schools on an A-F system that was approved by the legislature in 2011.
Several superintendents and parents complained to the board that their input was not sought and that the grading system is flawed. Superintendents had proposed a different way of calculating increases in student test scores, which is a key component of the letter grades. But the board declined to accept the alternate proposal.
Governor Fallin released this statement about the grades:
"As governor, one of my top priorities is to improve the quality of education for students in Oklahoma. Creating an A-F grading system for schools is an essential step in pursuing that goal. Having this new system will allow us to measure progress, recognize and reward schools that perform well, and identify those schools that are in need of improvement.
"The report cards released today give parents, students, teachers and administrators an easy way to identify success. As with any change, especially one that measures performance and demands accountability, these report cards will have their detractors. Ultimately, however, this is about what is fair and right for Oklahoma's children, who deserve to attend schools with high standards and transparent measures of success."
Among the Tulsa Public School District schools to receive F's were Greeley and Mark Twain elementary schools, McLain, Central and Hale junior high schools.
You can search by individual schools on the State Board of Education's webpage.