OEA Pushes To Invalidate 2013 Standardized Tests In Oklahoma

Tuesday, June 25th 2013, 4:14 pm
By: News 9

The Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) released a report Tuesday calling the standardized testing vendor "grossly deficient," and pushing for the invalidation of the 2013 test results.

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The 14-page report details how the OEA says CTB/McGraw Hill had "unprecedented setbacks" at school districts across the state. In April, a software glitch in the computerized program delayed testing in Oklahoma and other states. But the OEA says that wasn't the only problem, citing "ineptitude on the part of CTB/McGraw Hill" for weeks of testing snafus.

"We believe the comprehensive testing 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," OEA President Linda Hampton said.

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The report claims all the problems left thousands of students exhausted, frustrated, demoralized and incapable of giving their best effort.

OEA leaders plan to ask the board to consider invalidating the tests at the upcoming board meeting Thursday, June 27.

News 9's Evan Anderson will have more on this story tonight on News 9 at 10.