Report Cards for OK Schools Passes
The State Board of Education unanimously approves a controversial report card grading system for Oklahoma schools.
The measure passed despite 25 minutes of public comment against the plan in a standing room only meeting.
Just before the vote, State Superintendent Janet Barresi holds up a pamphlet going out to schools called “Raise the Grade Together” to explain the new A through F grading system.
Barresi says it also contains a flyer for parents who are the student’s first advocate and teacher.
“I didn’t take this job for politics. I took this job because my core belief is that the only way out of poverty is through an education, and I deeply thank the board for all of their work.”
Anna King, a parent and caregiver of kids in Oklahoma City Public Schools, spoke to the board during the public comment section and after the vote says she’s shocked and confused.
She says the large number of public comment speakers shows just how much apprehension there is among parents and educators.
“They’re concerned about what’s going on and being able to work together, and they’re not. Our districts are not being able to work with the state department in coming up with formulas that will help the districts.”
Under the current grading system 9% of schools received an A, 82% got a B or C, and 9% scored a D or F.
The report cards can be found on the State Department of Education website.