Impact of Oklahoma Test Problems to be Studied

Aug 7, 2013

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma education officials plan to study the impact that technical problems had on students' standardized test scores.

Oklahoma's testing vendor has agreed to spend $48,000 to commission the independent study as part of a $1.2 million settlement package. A cash settlement of $376,205 is to compensate for school districts' financial losses associated with the testing problems.

CTB/McGraw-Hill, the second-largest educational testing service in the U.S., has apologized for computer issues that disrupted thousands of students' online tests in Oklahoma and Indiana in late April.

The Tulsa World reports Indiana is asking McGraw-Hill for compensation of at least $614,000. Indiana sponsored its own independent study of the impact of testing disruptions. The National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment found no evidence of widespread harm to most test scores.