Broken Arrow parents and district official react to state grades

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 11/07/2013 9:12 am Published: 11/06/2013 8:54 pm

School grades were released to more than 1,800 schools across Green Country. Around the time that school got out on Wednesday, the Broken Arrow District grade was handed down; C+.

The district grade for Broken Arrow has since been pulled from the Oklahoma State Department of Education web portal. FOX23 will continue to monitor if that grade is changed.

In the meantime, the superintendent for one of the largest school districts in the state said that he believes the state's A-F grading formula is flawed. Superintendent of Broken Arrow Public Schools Dr. Jarod Mendenhall said that he has serious concerns over the current grading system in place.

"I have no confidence in the system," said Mendenhall, "It needs to be scrapped and started from scratch and we need to do the entire thing over."

Mendenhall told FOX23 that one of his biggest complaints was that the grading doesn't take into account growth or change in the district.

"Our school district has changed so much because we are opening new schools and have closed down other schools, there is so much discrepancy," said Mendenhall.

Broken Arrow District schools received a mixture of A's, B's and C's. Broken Arrow high schools received an A+, the highest grade on the list. The lowest grade on the list was a D+ from Haskell Middle School which is not currently in operation.

"Haskell is no longer in existence, it has a grade but has been shut down," said Mendenhall.

FOX23 spoke with parents about what they thought of the grades handed down to Broken Arrow. One mother told FOX23 that she wasn't surprised that the school had an average rating. Another parent said that believed it would have fared better.

"We've had great experiences ever since we have been at this school and I would rate it a lot higher, personally," said Kristy Irvine.

Dr. Mendenhall is asking for system reform but he said that educators, parents and students shouldn't just focus on this one final grade.

"We are doing a lot of great things and we have a lot of great programs in place," said Mendenhall.

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