TPS Superintendent Blasts State's A-F Report Cards In Letter To Parents

Thursday, October 24th 2013, 3:49 pm
By: News On 6

Tulsa Public Schools is sending a letter to parents blasting the state's A-F school report cards.

The grades are supposed to help parents know how their child's school is performing, but educators across the state complain the grading system is flawed.

Lawmakers made changes last year, but a team of statisticians from OU and OSU say it's even worse this year.

10/23/2013 Related Story: University Study Discredits Oklahoma's A-F Grading System For Schools

Educators tell us, in some cases, the answers to just three questions could separate schools getting an "A" or an "F."

In his letter, TPS Superintendent Keith Ballard says he has no trust in the system, especially after watching grades change up to six times by the state education department.

Ballard calls the rollout of the grades an incompetence rivaled only by the testing debacle that took place in April, when test-taking was interrupted by computer server crashes.

School grades should be posted online next Tuesday.

Click here to read Superintendent Keith Ballard's letter