Parents learned Thursday if their children's schools are making the grade. The Oklahoma State Department of Education released the results of the new A–F grading system.
The grades were originally scheduled to be released October 8, but the board decided to delay the release after several school superintendents spoke out against the grading system, saying the system used to calculate the grades is unfair.
Gov. Mary Fallin praised the release of the grades on Thursday, saying it's a way to help parents stay informed about their children's schools.
"The report cards released today give parents, students, teachers and administrators an easy way to identify success," said Gov. Fallin. "As with any change, especially one that measures performance and demands accountability, these report cards will have their detractors. Ultimately, however, this is about what is fair and right for Oklahoma's children, who deserve to attend schools with high standards and transparent measures of success."
The Oklahoma State Department of Education said more than 90 percent of schools received a grade of C or higher.
Oklahoma Public Schools Superintendent Karl Springer disagrees with the calculations.
"We appreciate the diligence of the Oklahoma State Board of Education, but we are deeply disappointed in the calculation. The current calculation does not adequately reflect the growth average of all students," Springer said.
Dr. Joe Siano, the superintendent of Norman Public Schools, also says the grading system is inaccurate.
"It is unfortunate the State Board of Education and State Superintendent Janet Barresi have chosen to use an A-F grading formula for schools that suppresses the success teachers, certainly those in Norman, are having in the classroom," said Dr. Siano. "Other states with A-F grades for schools have different formulas than that devised by the Oklahoma Department of Education. 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."