Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: April 23, 2013
Sen. Clark Jolley
Senate approves changes to A-F school grading
The full Senate voted to improve and reform Oklahoma’s
A-F grades for public schools. Sen. Clark
Jolley, the original author of the A-F legislation, said the
idea was to help parents more easily understand how their children’s
schools were doing.
Jolley and Rep. Lee Denney, along with other lawmakers and representatives
from the governor’s office, formed a working group to examine
concerns raised by superintendents, educators and others and determine
what modifications should be made. The results are contained in
House Bill 1658, co-authored by Jolley and Denney.
“We did not want to change the system simply to get a better
result for those school districts in our home towns—our goal
is to make sure the formula for calculating the grades is an accurate
picture of how schools are doing academically,” said Jolley,
R-Edmond. “The changes we’ve approved will represent
a better reflection of academic performance, while also making the
grades easier to calculate and easier for everyone to understand.”
One concern raised was that students’ grades were based on
a scale using 90 to 100 for an A, while schools’ A-F grades
were based on a grade point average. Under HB 1658, the schools’
grades would be tabulated the same way as students’ grades
and it allows for further delineation with pluses and minuses, such
as an A+ or B-.
Jolley said the bill also addresses the concern that schools not
offering Advanced Placement (AP) Classes or concurrent enrollment
were being penalized. Under HB 1658, schools without those programs
would not be penalized, but those with AP and concurrent enrollment
classes would earn bonus points. The legislation contains additional
modifications to the grading formula as well.
“Parents can look at their children’s report card and
understand immediately what those grades mean,” said Denney,
R-Cushing. “Our goal is to bring that same clarity to the
A through F grades for Oklahoma schools.”
HB 1658, which was approved by the Senate on Tuesday, now returns
to the House for consideration of Senate amendments.
For more information contact:
Sen. Jolley: (405) 521-5622