What Oklahoma educators, officials are saying about A-F grade release

Oklahoma educators, school officials and parents gave their opinions Thursday about the state Board of Education's release of A-F grades for schools statewide.
Modified: October 25, 2012 at 9:47 pm •  Published: October 26, 2012
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Sand Springs Superintendent Lloyd Snow

“You're in a tough position. I get that. Probably no one in this room is against making our schools a good place for kids. ... Where can we find a page to get on that we can work together collaboratively to come up with common sense solutions that we can all celebrate and cheer about? This constant confusion and chaos is doing no one any good.”

Ronda Boston, Putnam City Public Schools parent

“I think it's good that you have disagreement. That means you're all still willing to work for what's best for kids.”

Sarah Baker, a parent from Mustang

“What are you going to do if you release these grades? What are you going to do with all these schools that are receiving these C's and D's and F's? ... I see a lot of talk about an end result, but I don't see a plan to get to that end result.”

Norman Superintendent Joe Siano

“To not properly account for the academic growth of all students from one year to the next on the state's grade level tests is not only inappropriate, it runs counter to the very intent of the law that mandated the grades in the first place: to provide the public a transparent, fair and easily understood method for reporting school performance.”

CARRIE COPPERNOLL,

STAFF WRITER



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