The final version of the 2013 A-F Report Card Guide is now available for your review. It details all of the changes to the A-F calculations based on the new legislation. View the 2013 A-F Report Card Guide (updated 10-16-2013).
Dr. Maridyth McBee is presenting the changes to the A-F Report Card in September and October. To register for a session, click the upcoming tab on the WebEx site and choose one of the "How the Grades are Calculated" sessions.
In 2011, the Oklahoma Legislature adopted an A-F School Grading System to provide incentives to schools for challenging all students to reach high levels of college and career readiness. The A-F report cards make school performance clear in a transparent manner easily communicated to the public.
The report cards also give schools a tool to encourage more parental and community involvement. It’s just common sense that schools with higher levels of parent and community involvement have a better chance of succeeding. When parents and community members have a clear understanding of school performance, they can also help in tangible ways.
Schools will still be accountable for helping their children meet grade-level performance standards, but the grading system also adds the dimension of allowing a school to show academic growth. A school’s grade also includes factors such as graduation and dropout rates, and attendance rates for elementary schools.
Perhaps most importantly, the A-F grading system replaces past systems that were too complicated for most parents to understand. With this important reform, we’re empowering everyone — whether school administrators, parents, classroom teachers or citizens — to make informed choices and to identify ways to strengthen and improve all of our schools for the benefit of each student in Oklahoma.
After review and consideration of public comments, the following rules were adopted by the State Board of Education on March 28, 2013, and have been submitted for gubernatorial and legislative review.