Confusion reported over state testing scores

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 8/30/2013 10:45 am Published: 8/29/2013 4:06 pm

The State Department of Education released test scores to area districts on Wednesday.

Officials said grades five, eight, and some high school scores had severe drops.

State Superintendent Janet Barresi attributed the drop in scores to "more rigorous standards."

Districts like Sapulpa got their scores on Wednesday.

FOX23's Sharon Phillips sat down with Sapulpa Superintendent Kevin Burr, who said the problems lay with computers problems.

Burr said he was initially troubled when his school got their scores.

"We were initially concerned when we saw the scores until we heard there was a cut score change," he said.

Bur said that's a vital piece of information his schools would have preferred to have had before testing began.

"What used to be an A at 90 percent is no longer an A at 90. It's like moving the scale to 95," he said.

Because of this, a percentage of his students that are meeting the goal of proficiency will now decline.

"If you used the same cut score from previous years, those proficiency levels would go up," he said.

Burr said the state's computer testing problems were also were a large contributing factor.

"We knew that the way that the students were tested and the problems that they had in their computerized tests were going to affect our scores," he said.

Because of these issues, he said his and other districts place little or no relevance on this year's scores.

Burr said his district places much more weight on standardized tests versus a cut score that is constantly changing.

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