OEA calling for state tests to be invalidated

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Updated: 6/26/2013 5:23 pm Published: 6/26/2013 4:01 pm

A group asked the state to throw out some standardized tests because of numerous complaints that surfaced in April when the testing computers ran into problems.

Those problems originated from the online testing company that administered the tests.

The testing issues affected many students at Hale High School and some of them did not get their diploma because of it. 

Caleb Starr is the principal at Hale High School. He acts as the umbrella over the students and teachers and making sure his kids graduate is his number one priority.

“It is the single worse part of my job to see a kid that has tried hard for four years and isn’t quite there,” said Starr.

The Oklahoma Education Association is asking that all 2013 standardized tests be invalidated because computer issues forced students statewide to stop taking them.

"It's like telling a football player, Oh sorry we’re going to play the football game tomorrow instead of today. You just can’t do that and expect to have the same level of performance,” he said.

FOX23 asked Starr his thoughts on invalidating the test.

“I don’t want to invalidate all of the tests where students worked hard and were able to accomplish their goal, but I don’t think any kid should be held back,” he said.

As part of the testing issues, he had eight students that had problems with graduating. Since then, he said 4 or 5 have worked to correct the problems.

“We’re down to about 3 out of 230,” he said.

But, that’s 3 too many in his book.

“They have worked hard and they don’t deserve to be penalized by somebody somewhere in another state that runs an online testing system that had some hiccups,” he said.

FOX23 called the State Board of Education and were told the report is still being reviewed and an independent report will be commissioned to determine if the test results were impacted. 

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