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State Board of Education Delays School Grades

Filed by KOSU News in Local News.
October 9, 2012

The State Board of Education has voted to delay the release of grades for all public schools. The 2011 Oklahoma State Legislature approved the system but some school officials, parents and teachers are concerned about the way the grades are determined.

“The growth rate in Oklahoma was calculated on the test scores from last year and only using the students who actually showed growth not those who declined. If your going to show a true growth rate, a true average you add all the scores.”

Tulsa Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard said there is a fear that if that growth rate didn’t change some students’ performance wouldn’t be judged fairly. The Department of Education decided to rework the scale and release their results later this month.

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