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
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“We're out there taking in ideas,” Barresi said. “I would describe the participation as robust.”

Schools received individual grades in October, and district-level grades were released this month. The state also received its grade — a C.

“This is the diagnosis,” McBee said. “The most important thing is what happens next.”

How they fared

Oklahoma schools received a C overall in reading, according to the statewide assessment. Schools received an A in science and a B in math, writing and social studies.

Statewide, schools struggle with helping the bottom 25 percent of students catch up, according to the assessment. The state as a whole earned a D in that category.

“We didn't show the growth we'd like to see,” McBee said. “That's definitely an area of focus for our state.”

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