Barresi unveils proposed changes to A-F grading system
BY KIM ARCHER World Staff Writer
Friday, February 22, 2013
2/22/13 at 4:40 PM
The Oklahoma State Department of Education has proposed changes to its A-F school grading system rules, including giving schools credit for each advanced course students take and allowing districts more time to verify the data they submit to the department.
"I'm pleased with the changes we are proposing to the A-F rule, and I understand that more changes may occur as we work through the public comment period and legislative session," State Superintendent Janet Barresi in a news release today.
In addition to proposed A-F changes, Barresi said she will seek legislative changes to change the definition of students who constitute the bottom 25 percent of student achievers. Instead of measuring academic growth based on the bottom 25 percent of students who score ‘unsatisfactory’ or ‘limited knowledge’ on state-mandated tests, it would reflect the true 25 percent of students scoring the lowest on those tests.
The new rule changes the definition of that group to be the true 25 percent of students scoring the lowest on state mandated tests.
To view the proposed rule changes, go to the state Education Department's website at tulsaworld.com/educationdepartment.
The public comment period for the A-F Report Card rule will be open until 4:30 p.m. March 25.
Written comments may be sent to the Oklahoma State Department of Education, Room 1-18, Hodge building, 2500 N. Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73105 or submitted to email@example.com.
Public comments can be made in person at 10 a.m. March 25 at the department in room 1-20.
Oklahoma State School superintendent Janet Barresi at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City earlier this month. JOHN CLANTON/Tulsa World File