Parents frustrated with school testing issues

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 5/01/2013 6:03 pm Published: 5/01/2013 2:56 pm

The State Department of Education is extending the testing window for students after the server failed two days in a row.

FOX23’s Sharon Phillips looked into how this testing disruption has caused a domino effect on some homes.

Students resumed their tests on Wednesday, but not before many tests had to be invalidated. Tulsa had to invalidate 460 tests.

Parents FOX23 spoke with are fired up; one mother says her 3rd grade son was so sick with stress that he couldn’t even eat.

Becky Blankenship is the mother of 8 children. She tells me that she understands the importance of high-stakes testing, but she doesn’t agree with it, “these tests undermine their confidence in school, and I hate these tests so much.”

Blankenship says her son was recently taking his test, when he started experiencing computer problems. “He said it was so stressful and that was the thing that stressed him out more than anything. It was the fact that his computer wasn’t working and he wasn’t sure if it got the right answer.”

Due to all the recent testing issues across Oklahoma, the State Board of Education sent out an email saying it will extend the testing window for grades 3-8 and End of Instruction exams by two days.
This will make the last day of testing for grades 3-8 on May 7th, and End of Instruction will end on May 14th. Although state schools have been granted an extension, for Becky, the solution for next year is simple. “I think they should just scrap the computers next year and hand out the booklets and save yourself a ton of money.”

The company that issues the online tests, McGraw Hill tells FOX23 it regrets the impact on these schools and students, and has made changes to correct the situation.

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