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Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 3:54 pm | Updated: 2:56 pm, Tue Jul 29, 2014.

Related story: Oklahoma schools struggle to find ways to complete required state tests

Editorial: Unacceptable failure in state testing system

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  • Theresa Morris posted at 1:33 am on Fri, Apr 25, 2014.

    theres-206 Posts: 21

    Why can't this testing be carried out with pencil/paper as in previous years?
    When did testing shift from pencil/paper to online/computer and why?
    What is the cost comparison between online/computer vs pencil/paper?

    Would be interesting to know this information. Suspect it's largely due to electrons vs trees for format changes, but wonder about the capital outlay for the computers for all the districts and the need to rotate kids through the computer labs all day for several days to complete all the testing, IF there are no problems in the vendor's hardware. Still seems like pencil/paper would be a better choice at times. In all the articles the TW has done on this subject, none have come close to answering these kind of questions.

  • Robin Dixon posted at 1:10 am on Fri, Apr 25, 2014.

    RJDixo-233 Posts: 214

    So was I. Oklahoma should decide the appropriate payment for this testing cycle, not McGraw Hill.

  • Robert Wilson posted at 10:44 pm on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    bdiwil-929 Posts: 2159

    Dale, you must be a Barresi lover.

    Just look at what has happened to that Jeb Bush initiative here in Oklahoma, a state full of supporters of that hog wash until this testing fiasco.

  • Jenny Minter posted at 10:43 pm on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    superm-151 Posts: 33

    Board members expressed their concern that this "snafu" has caused Oklahomans to blame them and giving the anti-testing movement ammunition. If this is really their only concern, then SHAME ON THE BOARD! They should be more concerned with the added stress, trauma, and disappointment these students were put through. But, once again, they have proven they don't care about the students. Some of these students can't get a diploma unless they pass some of these tests, and for some it was a make or break test. What about those students? Whatever happened to caring about the children and doing what's best for them??

  • Dale Beckham posted at 6:53 pm on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    drbeck-245 Posts: 498

    Steve, yours is the best reason I've ever heard to privatize education.

  • Dale Beckham posted at 6:50 pm on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    drbeck-245 Posts: 498

    Ron, this vendor's contract (Costello's) should be cancelled immediately.

  • LISA SMITH posted at 6:17 pm on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    smith1-143 Posts: 5

    "I wonder if we have an industry that is overpromising and underdelivering," she said.

    She could be just as easily describing herself with this comment!

  • kayla chinga posted at 5:59 pm on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    rodsh-129 Posts: 723

    How much did friends and family of CBT donate to the election campaigns?

  • Richard Mishkin posted at 5:47 pm on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    Trains-477 Posts: 331

    My children all went to public school, in TULSA, and they seem to do very well for themselves. At this juncture, this unfortunate scenario seems like a bad coincidence. I would require Vendor to complete this year, and provide next two years gratis. We should not have to pay to be guinea pigs.

  • John Elwell posted at 5:24 pm on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    tulsap-200 Posts: 13570

    Returning the fee? I was thinking the same thing.

  • Barbara Purtell posted at 4:48 pm on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    blpurt-178 Posts: 246

    Her "alleged administrative skills" seem to be aimed at destroying Oklahoma's public education system and replacing it with privatization: charter schools, online schools, all the things that make money for various vendors. I noticed in a recent story that her Republican opponent also has charter schools in her background, so it may be the least of two evils if you vote Republican.

  • Ron Denton posted at 4:34 pm on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    aRdent Posts: 317

    "I wonder if we have an industry that is overpromising and underdelivering," she said.
    Hello! Welcome to the IT world. If it were a business that had lost thousands of employee productive hours from this "crash" instead of teachers and students, they would demand a lot more than in-kind services and a small rebate as compensation. How much damage does a vendor have to do in this state before a contract is cancelled.
    A lot of us readers would be very interested in a detailed explanation of exactly what failed and how it managed to cascade everything else. This is not how a stable, redundant system is built and managed.

  • Frank Kennedy posted at 4:25 pm on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    oklove-219 Posts: 935

    CTB/McGraw-Hill can demonstrate the sincerity of their apology by returning the entire fee the company charged this year for their services. CTB/McGraw-Hill should demonstrate pro bono that they can deliver the services they claim they can provide before they are given any consideration for further employment. Janet Barresi's judgment has proven to be so impaired that she should resign and seek another line of work. Her alleged administrative skills are negligible.

  • Steve lassiter posted at 4:14 pm on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    stance-146 Posts: 199

    apologize! You people should get out of the business. then give back every dime you charged for this fiasco. Thank God I was able to afford for my kids to go to private school. They have good jobs for it too. .


Tulsa World Staff Writer Andrea Eger

Andrea Eger has worked at the Tulsa World since 1999 and has covered public education since 2000. She has completed intensive professional development in education reporting with the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Teachers College, Columbia University, and the Education Writers Association.

Over the years, her work has garnered her two first place awards in investigative individual reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists – Oklahoma Pro Chapter and numerous first place awards in education reporting from SPJ and the Great Plains Journalism Awards, an eight state competition.

Contact: andrea.eger@tulsaworld.com, 918-581-8470

Tulsa World Staff Writer Nour Habib

Staff Writer Nour Habib covers suburban school districts. She joined the Tulsa World in 2011, and previously was a general assignment reporter for the Scene section. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in journalism and political science. Before joining the World, she covered education for a community newspaper.

Contact: nour.habib@tulsaworld.com, 918-581-8369

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