A-F grading formula
The state Board of Education approved rule changes that affect the way grades are calculated with the A-F school valuation formula. Grades are figured using a complex, lengthy formula that factors in everything from graduation rates to ACT scores to reading success. Here are some of the changes:
Schools received credit for the number of students taking advanced classes. Each student was counted once, regardless of how many honors classes taken.
Schools could earn bonus points for community involvement, college-track classes, low college remediation rates, advanced classes in elementary schools and conducting the Oklahoma School Climate Survey.
The state Education Department released data associated with calculating the grades, and school district officials had 30 days to make corrections.
A-F grades were determined using a 4.0 scale.
The minimum number of students used to calculate the A-F grade was 30. About 700 school sites didn't have enough to meet the threshold.
State testing lumped students into four categories: two passing and two failing. Students received credit for scoring in the top three categories.
Schools get credit for the number of advanced classes students take, so students enrolled in multiple honors courses get counted multiple times.
Schools can earn bonus points only for community involvement, college-track classes and low college remediation rates.
The Education Department will release data as it is available throughout the year, and school district officials have 30 days to correct information for each data set released. Then, after the A-F grades are figured, school district officials have 10 days to correction calculation errors.
A-F grades will be determined using a 100-point scale.
The minimum number of students to calculate the A-F grade will be 10. About 200 school sites won't have enough students to meet the threshold.
Students will receive credit only in the passing categories.
CARRIE COPPERNOLL, Staff Writer