A-F Grading

Educators have criticized Oklahoma’s A Through F Report Card for years saying the way it grades schools is unfair. The State Department of Education finally overhauled it, but some groups call the new plan racist, and they’re threatening to sue the Department of Education if parts of the new Report Card aren’t changed.

A school’s grade is based on a couple different things. One of which is whether students are meeting certain academic targets.

The Senate passed a measure on Thursday that will overhaul Oklahoma's A through F School Report Card system.

For years, educators have called Oklahoma's A through F school report card flawed and unfair. They say the focus on student test scores is a bad way to measure a school’s performance.

Under House Bill 1693, the newly proposed system will focus more on student academic growth from year to year.

The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday approved several education related bills, including measures that address teacher pay, teacher recruitment, and the reduction of administrative costs, among other issues. These bills will now go to the House for consideration. 

 

Here's a list of the education-related bills passed out of the Senate on Wednesday:

The way School A-F Report Cards are calculated may soon change. 

The state Board of Education approved a new grading system on Thursday, and it will now go before the legislature for final approval.

The new system, set to go in to effect for the 2017-2018 school year, proposes using a single letter grade with no pluses or minuses. However, the overall report card will be presented like a dashboard, with seven different criteria adding up to one score.

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The Oklahoma State Department of Education has released its plan for a revised A through F School Report Card system.

Schools will still receive an A, B, C, D, or F based on their performance on test scores. But now other factors—graduation rates, chronic absenteeism, and academic growth—will be included in the grades.

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State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister is asking Oklahomans for input as she creates a strategic education plan for Oklahoma schools.

The new Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, ultimately rolls back the federal government’s footprint in state education policy. However, the law requires each state to submit a plan for academic goals and school accountability in order to receive federal funding.

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State Board of Education members say further study is needed before they make any permanent changes to the school A-F report card system. They say they want to get it right this time.

The A-F system of rating schools in Oklahoma has been a contentious issue since it began a few years ago. This year, the State Department of Education was mandated to study it, and look for solutions to fixing it.

The staff at Moore Public Schools wants their concerns to be heard. The district released a video last night of teachers and administrators expressing their worries about education in Oklahoma.

The video, titled "Breaking the Silence," emphasizes three main things that educators at Moore Public Schools want to see change:

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The state superintendent is calling Oklahoma’s school accountability system deeply flawed, and a waste of a million dollars. Three years ago, when it went into effect, proponents hoped it would motivate schools to improve. But instead it’s just been a contentious issue. 

By law, schools in Oklahoma are given a grade- A through F- based on student test scores, and other data. But according to state superintendent, Joy Hofmeister, these grades are no good.

Governor Mary Fallin signed a slew of education bills on Wednesday, aiming to improve education in the state. Here’s a run-down of four of them.

SENATE BILL 630

Probably the most talked about piece of legislation was Senate Bill 630. This bill deals with the Reading Sufficiency Act and the third grade reading test that students must pass before they can move on to the fourth grade.

Under the RSA, third graders that do poorly on the test can be automatically held back if they don’t meet an exemption.