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Year-End Tests in Oklahoma Could Be in Jeopardy

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A delay by Oklahoma education officials in selecting a testing vendor could leave tens of thousands of high school students in the lurch if they're unable to complete end-of-instruction exams this winter.

Some school administrators worried Friday that there's no time left to solicit bids for a new vendor and even if one is approved, teachers won't have enough time to train on a new system.

On Thursday, the board delayed approving a $2.8 million contract with testing vendor CTB/McGraw Hill for the winter exams. The board has voted this summer to terminate its contract with the company after two consecutive years of major testing problems.

Department spokesman Phil Bacharach says the board is expected to meet within the next two weeks to consider approving a contract for winter testing.