OKLAHOMA CITY (March 9, 2017) – Oklahomans are a step closer to a new, strong school accountability system with the state House’s passage of House Bill 1693. Authored by state Rep. Scott Martin, it repeals the current A-F school report card calculation and establishes the framework for one that is valid, meaningful and reliable.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister praised lawmakers for their strong bipartisan approval of the bill, which passed 76-20.
“I want to thank Rep. Martin, House Education Committee Chair Rep. Rogers, Speaker McCall and all the House members today who stood up for teachers, parents and students by approving a new, more useful school accountability. This is a strong and dynamic system that reflects the hard work of a broad-based coalition of education stakeholders. The legislators who voted ‘yes’ placed schoolkids over politics and rejected blatant inaccuracies voiced by some critics,” she said.
“Amid so many challenges in education, this proposed school report card system complies with new federal law, provides relevant information for educators and gives communities and parents a clear view of the important work of schools.”
Earlier this week, Gov. Fallin signed House Joint Resolution 1028, approving the assessment and accountability report recommendations prepared by the Oklahoma State Department of Education and unanimously passed by the State Board of Education.