OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Department of Education released the 2015 A-F Report Cards for all public schools in Oklahoma Thursday.

The report cards for all school districts in the state can be accessed in its website.

Oklahoma began grading schools with a report card several years ago.  

The report card measures school performance and includes graduation and dropout rates, as well as attendance rates for elementary schools, among other performance benchmarks. 

Steven Crawford and Ryan Owens, Co-Executive Directors of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA), issued the following statement about the statutorily required release of school report cards from the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

“Oklahoma’s parents, teachers, business, and education leaders have no confidence in the state’s current school accountability system commonly referred to as A-F school grading.  Fortunately, multiple research reports, combined with empirical evidence from parents and educators, caused state leaders to question whether confidence in state grade reports is appropriate.”

“We are encouraged that leaders want to improve our system of school accountability.  Last session Governor Mary Fallin signed into law HB 1823.  The new law mandates that the State Board of Education work with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to study and improve the accuracy of our school accountability system.  State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister has led this process with fidelity and we are eager to review the findings of the research team later this year.”

“Oklahomans deserve a school accountability system that accurately reflects the successes and challenges our schools face.  In order to deliver reliable information, the accountability system must be nationally normed, free from manipulation, comparable with other states, evenly applied to all schools receiving state taxpayer support, relevant to students, useful to parents and educators, and clearly indicate student readiness for college or career.  Until an accurate accountability system is provided, Oklahomans are wise to consult the best evidence of school success—their own children.”