The Norman Transcript


October 6, 2012

NPS unsurprised by upcoming grades



State Representative Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, expressed his open opposition in a press release, berating Oklahoma lawmakers for their silence on what he feels is a damaging move for the state’s schools.

“The political leadership in both parties knows there is a huge problem with the roll out of state school ratings and it’s time for the governor and legislative leadership to intervene in this bizarre process before irreparable damage is done,” Morrissette said. “I believe that ever legislator wants to make Oklahoma’s education system the finest in the nation, but a vindictive roll out designed to place public education in a bad light could harm our state’s economic development efforts.”

In all, Siano said more than 150 superintendents have agreed they share “concerns” about the A-F system’s formula for deciding each school’s letter grade.

“The data in the system, is, I think, perfectly accurate. It’s the formula with which it’s being applied that is not. It doesn’t accurately reflect school performance and in particular instructional performance,” Siano said. “It grades schools’ student population and not their instructional quality.”

Since the grades’ intended audience is parents, Siano’s recommendation to Norman parents is keep up the good work.

“There’s plenty of data from the district on our website available to interested parents, and parents also have access to teachers and principals, who can give the most insight into each student’s individual performance,” Siano said. “I encourage parents to keep doing what they always do, data or no — they know best how to interact with instructors to determine and aid their child’s progress and needs.”


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