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April 30, 2013

Testing glitch slows Enid students

ENID, Okla. — A glitch in the computerized testing being done this week in Oklahoma schools has meant 400 Enid students so far have been unable to complete required assessment tests.

It’s a problem playing out across the state.

“The Oklahoma State Department of Education experienced complications with online assessments for grades 6 through 12 throughout the school day on Monday, and for the better part of Tuesday,” reads a statement from OSDE. “Testing Company CTB/McGraw Hill reported problems with their servers while uploading student assessment results. Students were reportedly knocked off the system mid-assessment.”

Enid Public Schools Superintendent Shawn Hime said 300 high school and 100 middle school students were knocked out of testing. They will try again today in the hopes the problem is resolved, but they could end up taking the tests with pencil and paper next week, Hime said.

“It’s very frustrating, especially with the high stakes of the testing,” Hime said. “We’re going to grade our schools based on these tests and hold our seniors’ diplomas based on these tests.”

Hime said he sympathizes with the frustration students are feeling. They now are skeptical and distrustful about taking the test, Hime said.

State Superintendent Janet Barresi minced no words.

“This is completely unacceptable,” Barresi said. “We are outraged that our school districts are not able to administer assessments in a smooth and efficient manner. This is especially disruptive for the children who have worked hard all year and now have the opportunity to let us know what they have achieved. To be interrupted during testing is a very difficult and stressful environment for our children and educators.”

According to an article in Tuesday’s Tulsa World, the state has had other issues with McGraw since the company successfully bid the testing contract for grades three to eight.

The Tulsa article said Indiana schools also were having difficulty with the McGraw servers on Monday.

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