Oklahoma School Grading Problems Continue

Oct 29, 2013

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The Oklahoma State Department of Education has confirmed local school leaders' accounts of significant fluctuations in preliminary A-F grades for schools.

Schools had a Monday deadline to request that the state correct or otherwise verify their new school grade cards. On Friday, State Superintendent Janet Barresi said her department needed up to two more weeks before asking the state Board of Education to finalize the report cards and release them publicly.

During Monday morning's Board of Education meeting, Barresi said there was a "calculation glitch", and that the board has received more than 1,000 correction requests since October 16.

She said as long as changes were requested within the submission window, they're being reviewed.

The Tulsa World reports Tulsa Public Schools found that 45 of the district schools' scores were changed by the state Friday night - resulting in lower grades at 10 schools.

Tulsa Public Schools submitted 74 data verification requests to the state within the first 24 hours of the review period and an estimated 10 to 20 in the days since then. Johnson said the district had already received responses from the state to all of its requests.

Lisa Muller, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning at Jenks Public Schools, said raw scores for four Jenks schools and corresponding grades for two of them had changed Friday night, only to rebound Saturday.

"We did not make any requests that would have affected these," she said. "The most frustrating thing is that throughout this review period, each time we would begin verifying data, the numbers would change. And that's throughout the entire time — from the first day right up through this Saturday, right before the 10 a.m. (Monday) deadline for data verification requests.

By Saturday, a check showed that the individual school site scores had all rebounded to within one point of where they had been earlier Friday.  


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