The Oklahoma City School Board heard a report Monday night about the new school grading system that will give each of the 1,761 schools sites in the state an A through F letter grade.
The grading formula accounts for everything from attendance to college entrance exams to how well students do on certain state tests from one year to the next, said Bernie Schafstall, database manager for the district.
Grades are expected to be released in the next few weeks, but board members expressed frustration at the complexity of the formula.
“I'm going to have trouble explaining this to my friends at McDonald's,” District 7 Board Member Ron Millican said.
“ ... This is a very complicated process.”
Superintendent Karl Springer said the process is complicated and difficult for educators to explain to the public.
“I can't get up and explain this, and I don't have any principals that can get up and explain it,” Springer said.
“And we're not alone.”
The complexity of the formula isn't as important as the reform itself, District 6 Board Member Jay Means said.
“I don't want to have any C's or D's,” Means said.
“I didn't have any on my personal report card, and I don't want them on my professional report card.”
The new grading system replaces the previous assessment tool, which gave schools a score on a 1,500-point scale.
Schools also will receive letter grades in five subject areas: reading, math, science, social studies and writing.
Letter grades also will be given to each district and the state overall.
So far, about 300 data errors or omissions have been reported, an Education Department spokeswoman said Monday.
Every school report card has 13 to 16 data points, depending on the grade level.
That means the new assessment system has between about 22,000 and 28,000 bits of information to get right.
In other business
• The board hired Paige Bressman as the principal of Eugene Field Elementary, 1515 N Klein. Bressman succeeds Wilbur House, who was promoted to executive director for curriculum and development for the district last year. Bressman has been serving as the acting principal since House was promoted.
• The board heard a proposed policy change that would allow charter schools to have five years between contract renewals instead of three. The board is expected to vote on the policy change in a future meeting. The board also heard proposals to require charter school representatives to make annual presentations to the board and review student performance before contract renewal.