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Oklahoma parents give A-F school grade system mixed reviews

Parents are still finding out what scores were given to the schools their children attend, and reviews so far are mixed. Some say the system is easy, while others say it's too simplistic.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Published: October 26, 2012
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Mother Cheryl Hammons said she's ignoring the controversy. She's president of the Broken Arrow Parent Teacher Association Council.

Hammons has two children — one attends Broken Arrow High School and the other attends Haskell Middle School. The high school received a B, but the middle school got a C.

“I think the middle school is better than a C,” she said. “They really work hard and they are making improvements. Things are getting better every year. Those scores are rising — not a lot, but a little.”

Getting used to the A-F system will take time for everybody, said Angela Saulsberry, whose children attend Midwest City-Del City Schools. The grades replace the API, a 1,500-point scale that was used for many years.

“It's just so new now, I don't think parents fully understand it,” said Saulsberry, who is the president of the Mid-Del Parent Teacher Association Council. “API was around for a long time, and we got to know that.”

Saulsberry said she encourages parents to take the time to read the full school report cards and then add that information to what they already know about where their children go to school.

“Figure it out. Let it soak in,” she said. “Don't just jump the gun if you're child's school has a D or something.”