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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Board postpones release of school report cards

  • The A-F report card release was scheduled for Monday, Oct. 8. However, this was postponed until the next Oklahoma Board of Education meeting, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 25.
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  • The A-F report card release was scheduled for Monday, Oct. 8. However, this was postponed until the next Oklahoma Board of Education meeting, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 25.
     
    The delay could have an effect on the grades for the district, which have not yet been released.
     
    “It potentially lowers our grade,” Marc Moore, superintendent for Shawnee Public Schools, said.
     
    The report card consists of three sections, Student Achievement, Student Growth and Whole School Performance.
    The A-F report card is intended to replace the Academic Performance Index, which scored schools from 0-1500. The previous system was difficult for parents to understand, Janet Barresi, state superintendent for public instruction, said in a press release.
     
    Several school districts had complaints about how the new reports were calculated. There were several complaints about information not being counted accurately, or at all.
     
    School districts were given 30 days to submit corrections, and Shawnee Public Schools found their score was incorrect. Advanced coursework taken in high school was not counted, Moore said.
     
    Such course work can strengthen scores, according the plan.
     
    Moore supports the State Board of Education taking the time to go back over the scores, due to various concerns from school districts, he said.
     
    “In my opinion, this (current A-F report card) is not an accurate way to measure student growth,” he said.
     
    The board of education may vote Thursday, Oct. 25, to accept the A-F Report cards.
     
    The scores from the report cards are not connected to state funding the schools receive.
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