While Oklahoma's academic standards are among the best in the country, the state continues to lag behind in public school achievement and spending, a national report released Thursday shows.
Oklahoma received D grades for K-12 achievement and school finance, despite being ranked at or near the top for standards, assessments and accountability, according to the annual Quality Counts report by Education Week.
The report tracks key education indicators — including national exams — and grades the states on their performances and outcomes.
State Education Department officials said the results of the report were not a surprise given the number of recent education reforms implemented to better prepare students for the national tests.
“The grade confirms what we already knew, that we must change our approach to education,” state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi said.
“Thankfully, our state leaders have already embraced this idea and have voted in a bold slate of education reforms that will prepare our children for college and career. While change is sometimes painful, the dividends for our children are worth the effort.”
Oklahoma ranked 41st in achievement, which measures student status, change and equity, and 44th in school finance analysis, which examines educational expenditure patterns and the distribution of those funds within states using data from 2011.