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10:18 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Losing Confidence: A-F Grading System Dogs Oklahoma Education Dept.

A state Department of Education spokeswoman says "sniping" over the controversial A-F school grading system needs to stop because parents deserve better.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi
Credit Oklahoma Department of Education

Spokeswoman Tricia Pemberton's comments came in response to Broken Arrow Superintendent Jarod Mendenhall's recent call for school leaders statewide to move on a vote of "no confidence" in State Superintendent Janet Barresi.

The Tulsa World reports that several educators have become frustrated in recent weeks with the grading system, as grades fluctuated during a 10-day review period designed for districts to review grade calculations and ask for corrections if necessary.

Barresi apologized Oct. 18 for the "delay and confusion," then on Friday announced that the department would postpone the public release of the grades, which had been set for Tuesday during the state Board of Education meeting.

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