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What Oklahoma educators, officials are saying about A-F grade release

Oklahoma educators, school officials and parents gave their opinions Thursday about the state Board of Education's release of A-F grades for schools statewide.
Modified: October 25, 2012 at 9:47 pm •  Published: October 26, 2012
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State Board of Education member Bill Price

“I do have a problem with attacking the messenger, attacking the system and attacking it on the basis that there's no input when that isn't true.”

Enid Superintendent Shawn Hime

“After this first round, there is going to be need for some tweaks. We need to look at the data. We need to look at the research.”

Shawnee Superintendent Marc Moore

“It does not clearly communicate the actions of the school district to the community.”

State Board of Education member and retired Gen. Lee Baxter

“I reject the idea that there's been no forum for input from the schools. I just reject it. Has it been perfect? No, it hasn't. Has it been incomplete? Maybe.”

Tulsa Union Superintendent Cathy Burden

“To arrive at a formula that quantifies complexities that involves something as multifaceted as educating all children would be a daunting task any time. ... None of the formulas you have seen are statistically or psychometrically tested.”

Anna King, Oklahoma Parent Teacher Association

“Parents don't understand what's going on. It's important for us to understand how you come up with the grades and why it's important.”

Todd Nelson, director of student achievement for Tulsa Union Public Schools

“As a field of professionals, we welcome accountability that is appropriate and fair. ... This A-F system will continue to be disputed by genuine scholarship and continue to cause public confusion.”

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