Schools matter in student performance

Lauren Williams's picture
Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Oklahoma Legislature established a school-by-school A-F grading system in 2011. The system is designed to provide parents and communities with a clear understanding of how well their schools are doing.

A group of researchers at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University have decided to oppose the A-F school grading system because they consider it unfair.

Unfortunately, their sense of what is fair is based on flawed thinking about educational quality and gives little credit to great educators.

Particularly troubling is their claim that schools have little influence over student performance. The study criticizes the grading system — designed to give parents an easily understood measurement of school quality — arguing that it is unfair to hold schools accountable for student performance.

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