A-F study called 'misleading' by Oklahoma Education Department officials

BY KIM ARCHER - Tulsa World Modified: December 2, 2013 at 7:39 am •  Published: December 2, 2013

A controversial study by researchers at two Oklahoma universities that deems the state's A-F school grading system as flawed is "misleading," according to an in-house analysis by staffers at the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

"It's not to cast aspersions on the researchers at all," said department spokesman Phil Bacharach. "But we think it's important to put that research in context, especially if it's going to be used as a sort of blanket criticism of the grades."

In mid-October, researchers from the University of Oklahoma's Center for Education Policy and Oklahoma State University's Center for Educational Research and Evaluation released an analysis of the A-F school grading formula that concluded Oklahoma's school evaluation system has fundamental flaws that make letter grades virtually meaningless and ineffective for judging school performance.

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