Oklahoma Attorney General Investigating School Testing Disruptions
Pruitt is going after McGraw-Hill - asking superintendents just how disruptive those failures were.
As teachers go door-to-door Tuesday night passing out backpacks to students before the first day of school, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt isn't letting last year's state testing failures slide by.
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"We've had two, two years of what I would call broken promises to the kids and parents and school districts of the state of Oklahoma," he said.
Pruitt is sending letters to Oklahoma superintendents, asking questions like:
- "Was there only a single disruption in online testing or did multiple disruptions occur?"
- "Did any students incur adverse consequences because of testing failure?"
Briarglen Elementary Principal Tracy Weese says during this tumultuous time in Oklahoma education, her teachers are focusing on what they can do -- themselves -- to help their students.
"What can we provide for our students? This is something we can provide for our students to help level that playing field because we know that, yes, there is an achievement gap," said Principal Tracy Weese.
But Pruitt is looking for someone to hold accountable: in this case, McGraw Hill. That's the testing company fired two years into a 5-year, $14 million state testing contract.
"Our office is involved in making sure that the obligations promised under that contract are upheld and they were not here, and someone needs to obtain accountability," said Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.
Pruitt says he knows there was a breach of contract. He knows there were damages, but now he's trying to learn the extent of the harm. Based on that, he says there could be a lawsuit.