Release of state A-F Report Cards delayed until early November

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UPDATE: 3:23 – To ensure complete accuracy with the A-F Report Cards for Oklahoma schools, the Oklahoma State Department of Education is delaying public release of the grades.

The letter grades, which communicate a school’s academic performance in an easily understood snapshot, had been scheduled to go before the State board of Education at its Oct. 29 meeting. Instead, the grades will be presented to board members during a special meeting to be held within the next two weeks.

“In an abundance of caution, the state Department of Education is going to take additional time to guarantee absolute, 100-percent accuracy of the grades, ” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi.

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OKLAHOMA CITY—The controversial A through F grading system that is used to measure the progress of Oklahoma schools may be changing.

The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed House Bill 1658 that will recalculate those grades.

Superintendents across the state have been displeased with the system since it was announced last year.

“Providing the best education for our children should always be a priority,” said Rep. Lee Denney. “This percentage increase in the ranking system will ensure fairer rankings and show which schools need to focus more on their mathematics and reading curriculums.”

Previously, 17 percent of the ranking of a school was based on the improvement in reading and math tests of the lowest quarter of students.

The new bill now requires that the 17 percent be increased to 34 percent.

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