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Gazette staff February 20th, 2013

Pop quiz: Did the authors of a study finding significant flaws in Oklahoma’s A-F grading system for schools renounce their findings?

Credit: Brad Gregg

A. Yes

B. No

C. Spaghetti

If you answered B, congratulations. You scored better than state Superintendent Janet Barresi.

According to the Tulsa World, Barresi told the Republican Women’s Club of Tulsa County on Feb. 12 that University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University research scientists who authored the aforementioned report had debunked their own study.

That apparently came as news to the report’s authors, who had characterized the state Education Department’s contentious grading system as “neither clear, nor comparable.”

When asked by the Tulsa World, a department spokeswoman said Barresi’s comments resulted from a misunderstanding between her and an assistant state superintendent who has spoken with a researcher. The study’s senior project coordinator, Patrick Forsyth, told the World that he had no clue where Barresi got her information.

“I just think that there isn’t anyone at the state department who can really understand the scope of the critique,” he said.

And that, ladies and germs, is how a scientist calls someone stupid.

Anyone at the state Education Department have a local burn treatment center on speed dial?


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