New system ends A-F report cards

Oklahoma School Superintendent Joy Hofmeister praised the state Senate for approving a new accountability system for public schools.  House Bill 1693, authored by Rep. Scott Martin and Sen. Gary Stanislawski, passed the House last month and was approved by the Senate on a 31-13 vote. It now heads to the governor’s office for her signature.

Hofmeister said the bill repeals the current school report card system with one that provides usable information for educators, parents and communities. “It uses multiple indicators for accountability and includes a dashboard to contextualize information for each school,” Hofmeister said.

The new A-F report card calculation is the result of collaboration between Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) staff and a 95-member task force representing educators, parents, students, higher education, CareerTech, business and community leaders, tribal nations, lawmakers and others.

The accountability system fulfills mandates established by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced No Child Left Behind, and by House Bill 3218, which Gov. Fallin signed into state law last year.

The new calculation framework gives equal weight to student performance in English language arts and mathematics as well as student growth in these subjects. Other indicators include English language proficiency assessment progress, graduation rate, postsecondary opportunities and chronic absenteeism.