The new system is a necessary step in improving education in Oklahoma. Improvements may be needed in the formula, but waiting for the perfect model is an opportunity lost. This grading system will create a new conversation about what it takes to have great schools. It would be irresponsible for us to pass off these grades as just more education politics and not use them as a chance to ask better questions about the changes needed to create the excellence we all want, and our children deserve.
Williams is president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.