Changes will be made to the statewide A-F school grading system to help make the process easier for district and state workers, the program's head administrator said Wednesday morning.
How district officials report data and how state officials collect it will be easier by next year, said Maridyth McBee, assistant superintendent for accountability and assessment for the state Education Department.
“It was really painful for districts,” McBee said. “It was painful for our office as well. That will definitely be better next year.”
Talks have already begun between local educators and state workers about how to improve the A-F system and what, if any, changes should be made to the formula.
State schools Superintendent Janet Barresi said Wednesday during the state Board of Education meeting that she's already started meeting with superintendents, principals, teachers and school board members to talk about the A-F grading system.
“We're out there taking in ideas,” Barresi said. “I would describe the participation as robust.”
Schools received individual grades in October, and district-level grades were released this month. The state also received its grade — a C.
“This is the diagnosis,” McBee said. “The most important thing is what happens next.”
How they fared
Oklahoma schools received a C overall in reading, according to the statewide assessment. Schools received an A in science and a B in math, writing and social studies.
Statewide, schools struggle with helping the bottom 25 percent of students catch up, according to the assessment. The state as a whole earned a D in that category.
“We didn't show the growth we'd like to see,” McBee said. “That's definitely an area of focus for our state.”