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State Board of Education suspends school report cards for 2020-21 academic year

Posted at 11:18 PM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 09:25:54-05

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Board of Education announced Thursday it's suspending School Report Card letter grades for the 2020-21 school year because of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a news release, State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said the "abrupt end to the 2019-20 school year and tumult of the current school year made it necessary to disentangle accountability from the administering of assessments this spring."

“The reality of 2020 impedes our ability to provide the public with information that can be used to compare school's progress year over year. We are committed to providing schools and the public with actionable, meaningful and transparent data – and that relies on credible trend data that can be used to make valid inferences about school quality and performance," Hofmeister said. “Our priority is to now provide schools with as much information as we can on how students may have been impacted when compared to grade-level expectations, with an emphasis on the impact to students most at risk of falling behind academically.”

Students are still expected to take federally required tests in the spring. The assessment results will help inform how students have been impacted academically and what supports are needed, according to the news release. Academic assessments are given in English language arts, mathematics and science for grades 3-8, as well as the ACT or SAT to high school juniors.

The Board of Education unanimously approved giving districts the opportunity to request a waiver to the qualitative evaluation portion of the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE) system, the release said. The professional learning requirement of the TLE system remains in place.

“COVID-19 has impacted accountability on many levels. Right now, districts are finding it challenging to complete the observations and evaluations,” Hofmeister said. “This optional waiver will relieve pressure on the districts as they navigate this pandemic and keep their focus on supporting students.”

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