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President of CTB/McGraw-Hill apologizes to Oklahoma for disrupted testing

A piece of hardware at CTB/McGraw-Hill's data center failed, the state Board of Education is told.

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Superintendent Janet Barresi: She said the agreement would directly benefit teachers and support classroom instruction.

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 9:54 am, Tue Jul 29, 2014.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The president of testing vendor CTB/McGraw-Hill apologized Thursday to the state Board of Education for Monday's widespread disruptions in online student tests.

"We know how important tests are in the state, so even one child disrupted is not what we intended to happen," Ellen Haley told board members during their monthly meeting.

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  • Neoma Graves posted at 1:41 pm on Sun, May 4, 2014.

    walsha-773 Posts: 141


    Yes, Barresi - this double-barrelled snafu is exactly the same as you and your shadowy, big money backers - who all overpromised and underdelivered when they backed you to run for Oklahoma State Superintendent of Schools.

    Well, maybe it's not exactly the same.

    I can't be 100% certain that CTB/McGraw-Hill deliberated lied to us, for two years in a row.

    You, on the other hand . . . well . . let's just say that everyone in Oklahoma now knows the truth about your failure to perform.

  • Ann McWhortor posted at 5:43 pm on Fri, Apr 25, 2014.

    SorryCharlie Posts: 3064

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

    She sure did describe the Oklahoma State Superintendent of Schools and our gang at the state Capitol.

    Why am I getting the feeling she is about to backpedal on her comment that she doesn't think McGraw/Hill should have the contract again next year?

  • Jeffrey Harmon posted at 1:02 pm on Fri, Apr 25, 2014.

    sharmo-175 Posts: 23

    John...Cmon. Please tell me you aren't that that clueless about why she chose that vendor again after the major problems the previous year. Her job was basically on the line and she chose the same testing company and paid them even more. Are you serious???? Please try to be realistic when commenting on such an important issue. Heck she voted to give herself a $14,000 raise this year as well. She's not capable of leading our state's education system, yet you defend her because of political affiliation. Wow!!!!!

  • Mert Rozman posted at 10:31 am on Fri, Apr 25, 2014.

    myrtle-214 Posts: 12901

    Who couldn't see this one coming when CTB/McGraw-Hill offered "in-kind services" to make up for the fiasco they caused last year?

    And when Barresi ACCEPTED their offer?!?

    When I was in school decades ago, they gave tests with an old technology known as "pencil and paper." Modern technology (as the term is understood by Janet Barresi) doesn't seem to be much of an improvement.

    And I'll bet that pencil and paper costs a lot less than all those computers and software that don't work.

    Follow the money.

  • kayla chinga posted at 8:55 am on Fri, Apr 25, 2014.

    rodsh-129 Posts: 723

    John, stay away from me!

  • Gordon Mills posted at 7:52 am on Fri, Apr 25, 2014.

    d-v94g-454 Posts: 5602

    Apologies are meaningless gestures.

  • John Elwell posted at 7:18 am on Fri, Apr 25, 2014.

    tulsap-200 Posts: 12846

    Kayla, do you have proof of any kickbacks? Or are you tossing bombs?

  • kayla chinga posted at 6:56 am on Fri, Apr 25, 2014.

    rodsh-129 Posts: 723

    You will have to get a lot of the money back from the officials that were paid to select this vendor.

  • John Elwell posted at 5:37 am on Fri, Apr 25, 2014.

    tulsap-200 Posts: 12846

    I agree a complete refund should be an end result of CTB/MH failure.

  • Tony Schmidt posted at 4:19 am on Fri, Apr 25, 2014.

    tuschm-169 Posts: 317

    To CTB/MH: Apology NOT accepted. We also demand a refund for all payments made to you from the State of Oklahoma during the 2013-14 school year.


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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