Oklahoma educators look to improve A-F grading system next year

The state Board of Education heard final results of district letter grades under the new school assessment system the state Education Department unveiled this year.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Published: December 19, 2012

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.

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