The Oklahoma State Board of Education on Thursday approved permanent administrative rules for a new A-F School Grading System that designates easy-to-understand letter grades to schools based on academic performance.
Governor Fallin signed the measure into law last year. It has been a key element of State Supt. Barresi’s reform agenda over the past year.
The rules approved by the board on Thursday give guidance to districts to implement the specifics of the law. Public comment was received during a 30-day period and during a public forum and incorporated into the rules.
“Parents deserve to know how their schools are doing, and they should be able to find that information quickly and easily,” said State Supt. Janet Barresi. “Though much information on school performance is already publicly available, we need to make it more clear-cut and easier to understand. Parents and community members throughout our state now will be able to examine school performance by seeing a clear-cut A through F letter grade.”
The A-F system replaces the current Academic Performance Index, which gave schools a numeric score that topped out at 1,500. The system takes into account academic achievement scores as well as student growth, among other factors. The State Department of Education anticipates releasing the first letter grades for school performance across the state before the beginning of the next school year, in August. The adopted rules will be posted on the State Department of Education’s website, http://sde.ok.gov/sde/education-law-book.