McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

February 25, 2013

Changes proposed in school grading system

AP/Tulsa World

TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma State Superintendent of Schools Janet Barresi is proposing changes to the A-to-F school grading system rules to address some of the concerns voiced by superintendents, parents and state legislators.

But not all educators are pleased with her proposals.

Barresi announced the proposed changes Friday. They include giving schools a credit for each advanced course a student takes, the school climate survey would be eliminated and districts would have more time to verify data they send to the state.

But Sapulpa Superintendent Kevin Burr told the Tulsa World that the changes fall short of overhauling the grading system as suggest in a report by University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University researchers. And Jenks Superintendent Kirby Lehman suggests the school-grading system should be thrown out.