Tulsa School teachers concerned with what they call 'flawed' benchmark tests

Monday, November 10th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa Public Schools are giving benchmark tests this year to make sure teachers are on track. But teachers say the tests are flawed.

Tulsa Public Schools created the tests based on standards set by the state. They were supposed to be an in-house tool, to help teachers prepare for other standardized tests later in the year.

Tulsa teachers recently gave the tests, but they say the exams were filled with mistakes. They say directions were missing, questions were wrong and even answers were incorrect. Steve Stockley with the Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association: "Instead of giving the teacher an idea so I will be prepared for the tests that count this was a practice in futility."

Tulsa School officials say the tests are new and there are still kinks that need to be worked out.