State Board of Education releases A-F Report Cards for Oklahoma public schools
OKLAHOMA CITY – The State Board of Education released the 2016 A-F Report Cards for all public schools in Oklahoma Thursday.
This year’s tally included 196 A’s, 455 B’s, 582 C’s, 319 D’s and 213 F’s.
By contrast, in 2015, schools earned 212 A’s, 497 B’s, 536 C’s, 333 D’s and 183 F’s.
School officials say the report cards released today are likely to be the last using the A-F calculations that have been in effect since the 2012-2013 school year.
Under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and a new state law, House Bill 3218, the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is developing a new school accountability calculation to take effect in the 2017-2018 school year.
“Our sights are fixed on a stronger school accountability system that will be a more meaningful and accurate measure for Oklahoma schools and districts, one that will better provide contextual information that educators, families and communities need to know about our schools, their academic performance, student growth and progress especially for high-need and at-risk student groups,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said.
Here is a portion of Governor Mary Fallin’s statement on the grades:
“I remain committed to having a robust assessment of the schools in Oklahoma. I strongly support the continuation of this program, especially the easy-to-understand designation of A-F that provides parents with a clear understanding of how a school is performing. Just as students are graded on the A-F scale, it is important to have a similar designation for parents to understand school performance.”