TPS Experiences Testing 'Debacle'
Technical problems are interrupting standardizing testing for students across the Tulsa District.
"Nothing short of disastrous" is how Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard referred to the testing problems.
Since Monday of this week, issues with the online system have forced the district to invalidate 460 tests. Crashing of servers at CTB/McGraw-Hill, the company contracted to conduct the tests, is the culprit.
From the TPS statement released today:
“This has been a debacle from the very beginning,” said Ballard. “The validity of these tests is highly questionable. I don’t see how in good conscience we can move forward with test results that are dubious at best. CTB and McGraw-Hill’s actions are irresponsible. The late vendor selection, time frame and severe deployment issues have made this the most difficult testing season I have ever experienced. We use test scores in many important ways – to make staffing decisions, change instructional design, and for accountability. Quite frankly, I doubt this is a recoverable event, given all of the things that are contingent upon having valid measures. ”