Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are calling for reforms to the state’s analysis of student performance data.
Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, and Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre, D-Tulsa, spoke Thursday in support of recommendations in a recent report that says Oklahoma needs to use higher standards to measure student performance. The report also points out that an elected official, the superintendent of education, shouldn’t be the only entity analyzing student performance. The Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition commissioned a study of Oklahoma’s education system. The report, written by Dominic J. Brewer, a professor at the University of Southern California, and Kiernan M. Killeen, an associate professor at the University of Vermont, analyzes how student achievement data is evaluated and what is done with that data. "Far too often, we’re hearing that students are not really prepared to compete nationally,” said Stan Lybarger, president of Bank of Oklahoma and chairman of the coalition. "We have significant concerns on testing and accountability.” Brewer suggested performance assessment could be done by the Office of Accountability, which already gathers data from various agencies working with children.