UPDATE: A-F school grade changes upsetting Oklahoma educators
OKLAHOMA – Oklahoma public schools adopted the A-F School Grading System last year using Florida’s new grading system as a model.
After delays the grades were finally posted on Wednesday night, but school’s administrators quickly became alarmed after the grades suddenly changed time after time.
State Superintendent Janet Barresi released a statement early Friday morning.
“A commitment to transparency can have an embarrassing downside… A last-minute correction in the calculation resulted in errors that subsequently had to be fixed,” she said in a statement.
“To ensure transparency in this process, the decision was made to leave the grades up as they were modified.”
But some administrators see this as another flaw in the already controversial system.
Dr. Joe Siano, Norman Superintendent, says a simple grade is insulting to a complex system that tries to meet students needs including low-income students, gifted and talented students and those who need special education.
“My frustration is when somebody or some group will take a mission that takes such a diverse group and narrow it down,” Siano said.
“That’s unfair to the complexity of the job and the work.”The Cooperative Council Oklahoma School Administration is a not for profit organization representing educators.
They don’t think the new grading system allows enough time for parents to make decisions.
“If you wanted it to be useful as a parent, which school I should put my kid in, A, B, C, D, or F, then ideally the grades would come out before the grades come out in August so that you can make that kind of decision,” Ryan Owens, General Counsel for CCOSA said.
Superintendents, principals, and testing coordinators will now have until October 28 to report any errors before the grades become public.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Educators are voicing their anger about the A – F grade changes after the Oklahoma Board of Education released them this week.
School districts and schools now have access to review their A – F report card and double check their data and calculations.
I understand the experience of the past few days has been frustrating for school and district administrators.
I am deeply sorry for the resulting delay and confusion, as are all of us at the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
A commitment to transparency can have an embarrassing downside. That was certainly the case when the grades were posted Oct. 16 even as they continued to undergo several versions.
A last-minute correction in the calculation resulted in errors that subsequently had to be fixed.
To ensure transparency in this process, the decision was made to leave the grades up as they were modified.
“Fortunately, the problems were addressed and corrected during the designated 10-day window for schools, districts and the OSDE to check for errors. That doesn’t excuse the snafu, but only explains it — and we thank you for your patience,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Janet Barresi, said. “Because of the delay, districts and schools have an extended period, until 10 a.m. Oct 28, to review and seek corrections on their prescribed grades. After that point, the proposed grades will be brought before the State Board of Education at the board’s Oct. 29 meeting for final approval. Some opponents of school accountability will no doubt seize on the recent delay as yet another reason to postpone, reconfigure or simply trash the A – F report cards. Oklahoma parents, students and all interested parties can rest assured that will not happen. The annual grades are critical to heightening accountability, arming parents with important information and furthering the simple proposition that all children can learn.”