Grading each other's work a no-no, court says

Tuesday, August 1st 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- A federal appeals court says it's illegal lfor public school students to grade each other's work and to callout their own grades. The Tenth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a lawsuit filed against the Owasso School District. The act prohibits educational institutions from releasing students' education records without written consent of their parents. The ruling overturned a lower-court judge. Kristja Falvo claimed the practice embarrassed her children. Falvo says she's thrilled with the ruling saying quote "We're trying to improve the schools, not trying to cause trouble." Randall Raburn is executive director of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administrators. Raburn says the practice was common until recent years. He says the federal law and trend toward privacy caused many school districts to abandon the practice. Tod Williams is superintendent of Garrett Public Schools in Beaver County. Williams says the ruling is going to be like Prohibition. He says the judges have taken the issue to the extreme.