The Oklahoma School A-F Grading System and its effect on public education in our state will be the focus of the 2014 Oklahoma State University-Tulsa Faculty Research Excellence Lecture on Thursday, April 17 at noon in the North Hall B.S. Roberts Room.
Research from the OSU Center for Educational Research and Evaluation and the OU Center for Educational Policy will present “Grading Our Schools: Analyzing the Oklahoma School A-F Grading System,” examining the accuracy and effectiveness of the A-F system.
According to the researchers, the intent of the grading system implemented by the Oklahoma Department of Education was to have a clear and transparent mechanism for communicating to the public whether schools were meeting educational performance objectives at required by the No Child Left Behind Act. The group’s first report examining the system’s methodology concluded there were flaws that severely limited its usefulness.
Dr. Laura Barnes will moderate the panel discussion, which includes Dr. Mwarumba Mwavita and Dr. Jam Khojasteh from OSU and Dr. Patrick Forsyth and Dr. Curt Adams from OU.
The researchers’ analysis of more than 15,000 student test scores from 63 urban schools was designed to test whether the pattern of academic achievement in all subjects and for all groups of students within the schools was consistent with the letter grades assigned. The researchers will discuss the study findings and offer recommendations.
The Faculty Research Excellence Lecture Series, sponsored by the OSU-Tulsa Library, is a free annual event that highlights OSU-Tulsa faculty research efforts.
Attendees may bring a sack lunch or reserve one for $8.95 by calling 918-594-8133 by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16.