A - F
Thu October 25, 2012
TPS' Ballard Reacts to A - F Grades for Schools
Two Tulsa elementary schools, five middle schools and one high school receive grades of “F” in the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s new A through F grading system.
Tulsa Public School Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard says he’s not satisfied with the formula used to grade schools.
“If the growth computation would have been done in a fair manner,” he said, “then students, even if they would have been low performing students and shown growth, they could have gotten credit for it.”
“Those add up,” he said.
He says TPS will conduct its own grading system in a way that it feels is more understandable and fair, and that the results from the state won’t change Tulsa’s plans for improving schools.
He says the process of creating the formula was not collaborative and ignored the concerns of many districts.
“Three hundred and thirteen superintendents in the state of Oklahoma spoke up and said, this is not a fair formula,” he said.
Ballard says he does favor an A – F system, but not in the way this one was administered.
Click here to explore the results of the state’s schools’ grades.