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Indiana testing vendor having troubles in Oklahoma, too

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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 reported that 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.

A spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Education, Sherry Fair, said the evaluation is not expected to be complete until the end of August, but state officials will not be delaying the release of student test scores, which are due out by the middle of the month.

Fair has said the department will evaluate whether to make scoring adjustments based on the evaluation's conclusions.

For the 2012-13 school year, the state paid CTB/McGraw-Hill $8.9 million for Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests, plus $7.3 million for End of Instruction exams that are used to determine whether high school students receive a diploma.

In the aftermath of the testing problems, several state lawmakers publicly questioned the validity of the 2012-13 Oklahoma testing program.

Some Republican state House members called for local school boards to be allowed to determine whether to throw out their schools' test results. House Democratic leaders filed a resolution to terminate the state's testing contract with CTB/McGraw-Hill and sue the company.

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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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