Claremore Daily Progress

Top Stories

May 1, 2013

Glitch delays state testing for Rogers County schools

State extends testing deadline for students

CLAREMORE —

The State Department of Education reported Wednesday more problems with online assessments for students in grades 6-12. Nearly 1,000 junior high and high school students were booted out of online programs because of a technology failure.

Students experienced similar problems Monday when testing for more than 2,000 Oklahoma students came to a stop after a network server crashed, preventing tests from being finished, according information from the State Department of Education.
Students in Rogers County were among the thousands affected by the server malfunctions.
“Difficulties with online testing almost makes me wish the state would return to paper and pencil, fill in the blank-style testing,” said Claremore Superintendent Mike McClaren. 
Verdigris Superintendent Michael Payne said grades 3-8 lost Monday as a testing day and experienced a shortened day Tuesday.
“The interruption was unfortunate to say the least,” said Payne. “Even though it took some time students were able to finish their tests on Tuesday.
Currently, local schools are waiting to hear from the state department on how the problem will be fixed.
According to the report, problems occurred when the company that administers state exams, CTB/McGraw Hill experienced server malfunction while uploading student testing results. The department made one proposal to use partially completed test results and score the unanswered questions as incorrect.
State Rep. Ben Sherrer said the proposal is “intolerable.”
“The interruption of the test should invalidate the test. No student should be penalized as a result of the failure of the State Department of Education or its paid contractor to properly deliver the online test.”
Sherrer said the testing scores under the proposal would be grossly different from what the students would have achieved on the test.
“I find it offensive that this proposal is deemed by the State Department to ‘. . . assist in a small way with the disruption.’ The algebra EOI test is high stakes for our students. Our local schools A-F grades depend upon student performance on these tests. I can’t believe the State Superintendent would propose to solve testing malfunction problems by using incomplete testing results and rating unanswered questions as incorrect.”
The state department extended test dates Wednesday for elementary and junior high students until Tuesday of next week. End of instruction exam deadlines for high schools have been extended until May 14, finals week.

1
Text Only
Top Stories
  • bridge work continues Portion of 4180 Road remains closed for completion of bridge work
    A portion of 4180 Road will remain closed through at least Thursday as workers complete a bridge widening project on the south end of Claremore Lake.
     

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rogers County Audit:
    A recent report issued by Oklahoma State Auditor Gary Jones documented Rogers County Clerk Robin Anderson solicited donations from several Rogers County vendors.
     

    April 20, 2014

  • Students paint mural Catoosa High School artists paint mural to instill respect, inspiration

    Catoosa High School students, Devin Jackson and Spencer Plumlee, recently put the finishing touches on a mural that took more than a year to complete. 

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local attorneys fight to eliminate judgment

    Claremore attorneys — Thomas H. Williams and Jack E. Gordon Jr. —   filed a petition Tuesday to vacate the $27.9 million judgment awarded to Material Service Corp. 

    April 18, 2014

  • Rogers County Water Dist. 16 receives grant

    Rogers County Rural Water District No. 16 received a $24,999 grant Tuesday to help finance expansion of the district’s water supply infrastructure.  

    April 18, 2014

  • Grand Jury recesses until June 24

    The multicounty grand jury charged with investigating accusations of misconduct by Rogers County officials recessed Thursday until June 24-26, saying it needed to hear from more witnesses before returning a finding in the matter.

    April 17, 2014

  • Harps Food opens new store in Inola

    On April 23, Harps Food Stores will reach a new milestone in their company’s history with the opening of its 75th store. 

    April 17, 2014

  • helping children Tri-County CASA seeks additional volunteers as child abuse cases increase

    From 2010-2013, Oklahoma has seen an increase in children entering foster care. According to Oklahoma Department of Human Services reports, approximately 11,000 children are in state’s custody because of child abuse or neglect — 4,000 in the Tulsa area alone and more than 100 in Rogers County.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Judge refuses to dismiss Grubowski in DA suit

    A judge has denied businessman Myron Grubowski's motion to remove him from the defamation lawsuit filed by District Attorney Janice Steidley against sponsors of last fall's unsuccessful citizens petition for a local grand jury investigation of her  office.

    April 17, 2014

  • Controversial schools chief attracts crowd of opponents

    The field of candidates running for state school superintendent is unusually large — a sign of broad interest in what observers say is sure to be a referendum on the incumbent, Dr. Janet Barresi.

    April 17, 2014