The delay in releasing A-F grades for Oklahoma schools was met with praise from educators across the state.
Oklahoma City Superintendent Karl Springer said he was pleased with the decision.
“When more than 300 Oklahoma school superintendents voiced their concerns last week regarding how growth is calculated for our students, we hoped education leaders and the community would hear our trepidation and give the process a second look,” Springer said.
Norman Superintendent Joe Siano said he was grateful the board put the grade release on hold, though he said there are more concerns than only the growth calculation the board will consider at its next meeting.
For example, Siano said, the formula puts more weight into scores of at-risk students than those who score average or better.
“It is important that the new school accountability system that we all embrace better evaluates and reflects the quality of instruction in our schools as it was intended to by the Legislature,” Siano said.
In Tulsa, Union Superintendent Cathy Burden said the board members were “courageous enough to do the right thing.”
Tulsa Superintendent Keith Ballard said he was “very happy with the outcome.”
State schools Superintendent Janet Barresi said she is confident the state Education Department has done an accurate job of interpreting state law and agency rules. She said she expects the board to move forward on the release Oct. 25.
“I have complete confidence in the rules and the way they were interpreted,” Barresi said. “I stand by the rules. I do believe they are correct. I do believe they are clear. We're looking forward to having these out to the public.”
KIM ARCHER, TULSA WORLD