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An online charter school in Oklahoma has sued the stateDepartment of Education after the agency refused to release the school’s report card detailing student achievement.
Epic One on One is the only school in the state that hasn’t yet received its report card, which provides an A-F letter grade based on test scores and other criteria. Attorney Brad Clark, who represents the charter school, said the data from the report card is needed for the school to improve student performance.
“The school utilizes the report card and performance data to assist in performance improvement, so receiving the data and the A-F Report Card on a timely basis in order to not delay performance improvement efforts is critical to the school,” Clark said. “Also, the school’s families were expecting the release of the report card.”
The charter school was founded in 2011 and is sponsored by Graham Public Schools, a small school district in Okfuskee County. The charter school received a D grade on its first report card, according to The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/1bKw9kC ).
Tricia Pemberton, a spokeswoman for the state Education Department, said Epic One on One’s report card is being withheld because the state agency “is still verifying data for this school.”
State schools Superintendent Janet Barresi, who is named as a defendant in the lawsuit, wrote a letter to Epic One on One in October, explaining why the school would not be getting a report card.
“The Oklahoma State Department of Education is in receipt of information that leads me to question the validity and the integrity of EPIC Charter School‘s assessment data,” Barresi wrote.
Under the new grading formula, 163 schools in Oklahoma received an F grade, up from just 10 schools in 2012. The number of D grades increased from 138 in 2012 to 263 this year.