Days numbered for A-F report cards

A-FOklahoma schools received mostly likely their last A-F report cards grades last week with Mustang schools received one A, six B’s and five C’s.

Superintendent Sean McDaniel said the A-F scores to not represent the education process in Mustang Public Schools.

“A-F has been and continues to be a flawed calculation and does not adequately represent to our parents, our students nor our community what is happening in our schools,” he said. “Our own legislature and our state’s superintendent of public instruction have said repeatedly that it is a flawed system and that it needs to be revamped.”

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said a new system should be coming in the future.

“Our sights are fixed on a stronger school accountability system that will be a more meaningful and accurate measure for Oklahoma schools and districts, one that will better provide contextual information that educators, families, and communities need to know about our schools, their academic performance, student growth and progress especially for high-need and at-risk student groups.”

McDaniel said not everything about the grades is dismissed.

“We pay far more attention to some of the data that is used to calculate them,” McDaniel said. “For example, one of the data points used to calculate the letter grade is student growth from year to year on state exams. That is important information for us to evaluate and in Mustang our teachers do a fantastic job of growing our students.

“To reduce what is happening in any of our schools to a single letter grade, however, is far from accurate and in some cases can be misleading.

McDaniel said the district looks forward to working with the state department and with legislators to produce a more meaningful reporting mechanism.

“Until then I would strongly recommend taking any letter grade reported by the A-F system with a grain of salt.”

The A-F report cards calculations have been in effect since the 2012-2013 school year. Under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and a new state law, House Bill 3218, the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is developing a new school accountability calculation to take effect in the 2017-2018 school year.
This year’s tally across the state included 196 A’s, 455 B’s, 582 C’s, 319 D’s and 213 F’s. By contrast, in 2015, schools earned 212 A’s, 497 B’s, 536 C’s, 333 D’s and 183 F’s.
To view all report cards, visit the state department of education’s website at www.sde.ok.gov/sde.

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