McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

November 6, 2013

Okla. ed department to release A-F school grades

Associated Press
The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — The State Department of Education is set to release newly revised letter-grade report cards for every public school in Oklahoma.

Department officials will deliver a report on the grades Wednesday to members of the State Board of Education and then release them publicly.

The A-F letter grade system was pushed by Republicans and signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin in 2011, but the formula used to determine the grades has drawn fierce criticism from superintendents across the state.

The formula was changed by the Legislature last year to place more of an emphasis on the test scores of students, but reduce the impact of overall school improvement.

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Keith Ballard called this year’s grades “flawed and completely inconsequential.”