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Education

March 1, 2013

A-F changes up for public comment

NORMAN — The State Department of Education announced recently that it is seeking public comment on its proposed changes to the controversial A-F school report card system.

The comment period began Friday and will conclude at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 25. Written comments may be sent to: Oklahoma State Department of Education, Room 1-18, Hodge Building, 2500 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK  73105, or submitted to rules@sde.ok.gov.

Members of the public also may provide comments in person during a public forum from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 25 in Room 1-20 at the State Department of Education.

The proposed changes for comment are:

· Schools given credit for every advanced class a student takes. If a student is enrolled in three advanced classes, the school receives three credits where it previously would receive one.

· AP/IB no longer the only advanced coursework counted. The proposed change would include AP, IB, Advanced International Certificate of Education, concurrent enrollment and industry certification courses.

· School climate survey no longer a bonus component. Intended to measure the level of support within the school/community through programs and administration, the survey would be eliminated under the proposed change.

· Modification to the measurement of “bottom quartile.” Originally, the rule measured the growth of students scoring “unsatisfactory” or “limited knowledge” on state mandated tests. If a school’s population of students with this score was less than 25 percent of its overall student body, the school’s grade would suffer (Roosevelt). Now the system will measure the true 25 percent of lowest-scoring students

In a release from the State Department, State Superintendent Janet Barresi said she was pleased with the changes and anticipated further modifications through the public comment and legislative sessions.

“The department is committed to engaging education stakeholders in conversations that result in improving the system now and in the coming years,” Barresi said.

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