Oklahoma Education Association releases 2013 standardized testing report, recommends scrapping exams

TULSA - An Oklahoma education report released Tuesday is urging the State Board of Education to invalidate all 2013 standardized tests. 

The Oklahoma Education Association 2013 Testing Report expressed "serious concerns about this year's standardized testing," and called the state's testing vendor CTB/McGraw Hill's efforts "grossly deficient."

The criticism stems primarily from two days of server crashes, which resulted in more than 9,000 Oklahoma students being forced to retake exams, according to state education officials.

"We believe the comprehensive problems occurring throughout the state shed legitimate doubt on the validity of the test results and their usefulness in gauging the success of students, teachers, and school districts for the 2012-13 school year," the report reads. " ... No third grader should be held back due to reading scores, no eighth grader denied a driver's license, and no senior withheld a diploma due to EOI exams."

VIEW THE FULL REPORT (http://bit.ly/oeareport)

OEA, a prominent state education organization comprised of some 40,000 public school teachers and staff, alleges students were left waiting for hours to finish tests, arrived at school each day believing they would be expected to test and had to retake the same exams "multiple times."

WHO IS OEA? (http://bit.ly/aboutOEA)

A number of school officials from across the state penned their name next to the report, sharing stories and frustrations surrounding the vendor's issues.

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Among them were a Tulsa Memorial High School math teacher, an Owen Elementary School librarian and a Tulsa Union executive director of technology. Each believed the CTB/McGraw Hill difficulties led to increased anxiety and lower test scores, and estimated student testing was delayed by 11 days at a minimum.

READ THEIR COMPLAINTS  (http://bit.ly/OEA1214) beginning at page 12 of the report.

A House resolution was drafted following the server crashes requesting Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt sue to recoup more than $16 million from the vendor, but never came to a vote.

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