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That Was Unexpected

So it seems the State Board of Education will delay the inevitable. Superintendent Barresi already had the press conference planned. Invitations to shoot B-Roll had been mailed out to the press. Surprisingly though, after considerable public comment from school administrators, parents, and a charter school sponsor, the SBE approved the release of the A-F Report Cards.

What does this mean?

On KFOR this afternoon, Superintendent Barresi admitted disappointment over the delay and blamed it on superintendents “equivocating over a minor issue.” I think there was more than one. Maybe the 300 school districts asking for a delay were concerned that the SDE had calculations wrong. I can’t see why that might be.

The Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation did a great job of reporting on the meeting on Twitter. You can read the summary here. One of my favorite moments came during discussion, when one State Board of Education member called an explanation from the SDE “disingenuous.” It wasn’t just superintendents upset either. Parents and charter school sponsors got involved too.

Superintendent Barresi insists that “parents are being denied the right to information.” She fails to mention, however, that the second piece of her accountability master plan is the school designations linked to the NCLB waiver, and that data used to make those designations are being kept from school districts.

As Keith Ballard said again today, schools welcome transparency.

Two weeks will pass. And nothing will change. The SDE will remind school districts that they are in charge. The A-F Report Cards will come out, and many school leaders will tell their communities that they still haven’t been persuaded that they represent anything meaningful. Both camps will claim victory. And none of this will improve teaching and learning.

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  1. Elise Robillard
    October 8, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Amen. Let’s not forget that part of why nothing will change is that this system wasn’t arrived at by accident. It is a perfect reflection of what Barresi wants it to be! Flawed, but in a way that helps her and her corporate backers move giant leaps toward a corporate take-over of public education. I heard this great story from Keith Ballard about a high school that opened just a couple of years ago — they’ve been adding a new grade each year — and they still haven’t had a graduating class. Yet, Barresi & Co. managed to give them an under performing grade due to their low graduation rate! Ha! In my own district, a high school that has been slated as needing improvement by the federal government will be scored with an A under Barresi’s plan while my own school — consistently listed as one of the top 10 high schools in the state — will be scored with a B. Watch out, the foxes are in the hen house!

  2. October 9, 2012 at 8:42 am

    According to a press release by Assistant State Supt. McBee the reports were no longer embargoed and were subject to be released at each districts discretion. Does that trump the State Boards to vote to not validate the results. If. That is the case we will be receiving data that lacks validity. Anyone who knows anything about assessment knows that without validity the results lack actionable integrity.

    • October 9, 2012 at 8:50 am

      Honestly, it sounds as if the SDE is in conflict both with legislative intent and the State Board. See today’s post.

  1. October 25, 2013 at 4:35 pm

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