The Oklahoma State Board of Education on Thursday approved permanent administrative rules for a new A-F School Grading System that designates easy-to-understand letter grades to schools based on academic performance.
Governor Fallin signed the measure into law last year. It has been a key element of State Supt. Barresi’s reform agenda over the past year.
The rules approved by the board on Thursday give guidance to districts to implement the specifics of the law. Public comment was received during a 30-day period and during a public forum and incorporated into the rules.
The State Department of Education has identified seven schools throughout the state as being among low-performing schools that will be considered as C3 Partnership Schools to increase student achievement. The State Board of Education heard information about the schools at its regular monthly meeting on Thursday.
The State Department of Education will hold a public forum on March 19 to hear comments on draft rules and a rule intent statement for the A-F School Grading System along with several other administrative rules, including proposed changes to the Bullying Prevention Act and a proposed draft of Oklahoma C3 Standards for Social Studies.
The Oklahoma State Board of Education on March 5, 2012, approved permanent administrative rules for supplemental online course procedures and the Reading Sufficiency Act, among others. The Board also heard a reading of draft rules for the A-F School Grading System.
State Superintendent Janet Barresi praised an announcement by legislative leaders Tuesday that a supplemental appropriations agreement has been reached that includes funding for flexible benefit allowances that help with insurance expenses for teachers and school personnel across the state, as well as dollars to fund bonuses for National Board Certified teachers. Oklahoma's common education budget was cut by nearly $100 million in fiscal year 2012.
Oklahoma’s ranking of 37 out of 50 states and the District of Columbia on an AP report released recently by The College Board brought a call from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi to widen the selection of AP courses available in Oklahoma schools and to work to continue to improve test scores.