The Oklahoma State Department of Education and its testing vendor have settled out of court following a number of student exam disruptions, including two days of server crashes.
Under the agreement, CTB/McGraw Hill will conduct further testing and development for the state valued at more than $870,000. That, along with a $367,205 cash settlement, will serve as $1.238 million compensation for the year's difficulties, KJRH reported.
The company experienced major problems with ISTEP testing in Indiana last spring. Testing was delayed after students experienced problems logging in and getting kicked off the network.
“I am very pleased with this settlement. I was outraged over the disruptions during the two day period," State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi said Thursday. "I announced that we would seek damages to the full extent of the contract and we took an aggressive stance. The settlement agreement amounts to three times the value of damages defined in the contract.”
In June, the Oklahoma Education Association released a report urging the state board to invalidate all 2013 standardized tests. The report, which called the vendor's efforts "grossly deficient," alleges students were left waiting for hours to finish tests, arrived at school each day believing they would be expected to test and had to retake the same exams "multiple times."