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.