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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Testing Assures OSDE Districts are Ready for Online Assessments

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  • Testing vendor CTB/McGraw-Hill reports almost all school districts are now listed as low risk for technology problems.
     
    The Oklahoma State Department of Education has been working closely with its testing vendors to ensure as many potential issues as possible are resolved before online assessments are administered.
     
    CTB/McGraw-Hill reports there are four unknown-risk districts. All other districts have been moved from high or moderate risk categories to the lowest risk level.
     
    “We are working hard to ensure our students have the smoothest possible testing experience,” State Superintendent Janet Barresi said. “While we can’t account for every factor outside of state control, we resolved to complete as many preventative measures as possible to avoid the technical problems some schools encountered last year. We feel confident we have done that.”
     
    Districts statewide participated in a multi-step process to list, prep and stress-test all devices they will be using for assessments. CTB classified districts as high-, moderate- or low-risk based on the results of the readiness process and worked with each high- and moderate-risk district.
     
    Ninety-one districts were rated as high-risk at the beginning of March by CTB, and 81 districts were rated as moderate-risk. On Wednesday, April 9, the vendor reported it had contacted each high- and moderate-risk district; CTB and the districts were confident that any known technology issues at the district level have been resolved.
     
    Of the four districts listed as unknown risk, two – Beaver and Monroe – have been in contact with the testing vendor and say the districts are ready to proceed with online assessments. Ringling and South Coffeyville have not yet responded to any technology readiness efforts by the OSDE or the testing vendor.
     
    Updated reports from CTB are available to the public here: http://ok.gov/sde/assessment-technology
     
    OSDE will continue to actively communicate with districts and respond to any concerns or potential issues throughout the assessment process.

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