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March 27, 2014

State A-F Assessments

TAHLEQUAH — Now entering their third year, Oklahoma’s A-F method of assessing the performance of public schools has been met with little enthusiasm by educators.

The state bases its grades on the performance of students third through eighth grades on standardized tests. High schools are graded on End of Instruction exams.

Half the grade is based on overall student performance, a quarter on overall student “progress toward proficiency” and a quarter on progress toward proficiency among a school’s lowest performing quartile. Bonus points can be earned for low absenteeism, low dropout rates and enrollment in advanced coursework.

However, this year middle schools cannot receive any bonus points. Teachers also criticize the system because student progress is not counted if it does not reach a benchmark - meaning many students could show improvement and a school could still receive an F.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education maintains a technical guide to the A-F report cards.

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