Superintendents Give School Grading System an "F"

There's nothing like a report card--to prove you are passing or failing. Schools are set to get their grades. But now superintendents are speaking out against the new standards, just a few days before the grades will be released. Channel 8's Kim Jackson has details on the protest.

Parents, if your child received an unacceptable grade, you'd have something to say about it. That's basically what superintendents are doing. They says the schools' grading scale is not the way it should be.

Mr. Herman's statistics class, at Hale High, is supposed to be challenging. But his goal is to help students get the best grade they can.

"If they have something in the book that is a zero, they can come back and do that work, but they are gonna do it on their time," he said. "I stay after school everyday. They can come to me, they can retake the test."

But schools face different rules. Soon, each school will receive a letter grade.

"We are gonna hang grades on schools. I know we have schools that are going to have low grades. I'm not running from that. We are owning that but it has got to be fair and shouldn't superintendents be involved in the conversation? We haven't been involved any," explained Dr. Keith Ballard of Tulsa Public Schools.

More than 70 superintendents--have joined Ballard, saying the scale does not measure all students improvement. They also say its not as easy as A's and B's--it's points and calculations.

"3.75 to get an A. Why couldn't we get something simple and easy? Instead, it takes a 10 page technical guide and a 20 page manual to understand what this grading scale is," said Ballard.

And parents you may need booklet, to find out why your school received the grade it did.

Back in statistics class, "If you don't have the grade you think you should, come on let's do something bout that," Mr. Herman explained his policy. But that kind of support is what superintendents want.

The state school board will vote on the grades on Monday, then they should be released. Schools had 30-days to protest any discrepancies.