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House Democrats Call For Changes After End-Of-Year Testing Glitches

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Computer server malfunctions booted more than 3,000 Oklahoma students out of online testing programs last week. Computer server malfunctions booted more than 3,000 Oklahoma students out of online testing programs last week.
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Some state lawmakers are calling for changes and a possible lawsuit over the recent trouble with online testing in Oklahoma schools.

Tulsa Public Schools called it a "disastrous debacle." Computer server malfunctions booted more than 3,000 Oklahoma students out of online testing programs last week. The Department of Education extended the deadline for students to complete testing, but some students' tests were invalidated, even after exams were taken again.

Now, House Democrats have filed a resolution that calls for terminating the contract with the test provider, CBT/McGraw-Hill.

“These exams epitomize high-stakes testing,” said Democratic Leader Scott Inman, D-Del City and principal author of the House Resolution. “Too much hangs in the balance with these exams for them to be administered so poorly. CBT/McGraw-Hill’s negligence in their execution must be addressed. I think the proper course of action is to terminate their contract and the attorney general should bring a lawsuit against the company, given the misery and distress our students and administrators have experienced from the company’s incompetence.”

The end-of-instruction exams can determine if students graduate. They also factor into the grades given by the Department of Education to schools and school districts.

5/1/2013 Related Story: End-Of-Year Tests Resume At Tulsa Area Schools

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