House Democrats want to end testing contract, sue CBT/McGraw-Hill

BY ANDREA EGER World Staff Writer

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Democratic leaders in the Oklahoma House filed a resolution Wednesday to terminate the state’s testing contract with CTB/McGraw-Hill and sue the company for “egregious errors and delays.”

Oklahoma State Department of Education officials told the Tulsa World on Tuesday that 9,100 students across the state had standardized tests disrupted by the testing vendor’s computer problems last week — more than triple their initial estimates.

Tulsa Public Schools officials also reported Tuesday that with barely a week of school remaining, they have yet to receive the 418 paper tests they need from the testing company to retest most of their 460 students whose tests were invalidated last week.

Oklahoma was one of multiple states affected by a rash of technical problems with CTB/McGraw-Hill’s online testing system April 29-30, which caused many students’ tests to be incomplete. Test-takers were interrupted by a total shutdown of CTB/McGraw-Hill’s servers at 10 a.m. April 29 and between 10 a.m. and noon on April 30.

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