State renews contract with McGraw Hill

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Updated: 6/27/2013 4:18 pm Published: 6/27/2013 4:17 pm

The Oklahoma Education Association said the State Department of Education denied public comments on state testing issues.

OEA officials said they were prepared to request all 2013 standardized tests be invalidated when members of the State Department of Education informed association leaders that they would not be allowed to speak.

The Oklahoma Board of Education told FOX23 the contract with McGraw Hill, the company that administered those tests, was renewed.

They said they believed the testing issues were because the contract was awarded to the company late last year.
They said 600,000 children took the tests and at least 9,100 were disrupted. It is still not clear how many students were able to complete the tests.

OEA President Linda Hampton said she felt the state department was trying to silence her when she reached out to them to ask for their help in protecting Oklahoma's students.

"The State Department of Education is a public body that represents public interests. We live in a democracy and all voices should be heard. We are trying to do the right thing for Oklahoma's students," Hampton said.

Based on reports OEA received from school districts all over Oklahoma, it was found the problems were not limited to a mere two days of computer failures.

OEA found there were many weeks of testing and both online and paper tests were affected by incompetence on the part of CTB/McGraw-Hill. "Our students did their part. They studied, they reviewed, and they were there the day of the test. McGraw-Hill didn't do their part, so the students should not be the ones punished."

On Tuesday, OEA released a testing report detailing testing problems that occurred in districts across the state that impacted thousands of students.

State education officials said they are talking to McGraw Hill about the disruptions and possible fines or in kind services for them. There is no timetable for when that could be determined.

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