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July 25, 2013

Department of Ed settles for $1.2M with CTB/McGraw-Hill

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

•The commissioning of an independent study at a cost of $48,000 to evaluate the impact of the disruptions on student test scores. HUMRRO, Inc. has expertise in the area of analyzing testing disruptions. They will provide an independent opinion that is expected to be delivered in late August.
•Prior to testing, CTB will conduct a technology readiness assessment costing $125,000 of each Oklahoma School District to:
•Capture specifications regarding bandwidth, number of workstations, server configuration, etc. at each school site
•Identify a technology contact at each school district
•Perform online stress tests at every site
•Conduct training and deploy implementation services at all sites
•Establish a technology forum to deliver regular communications to districts 
The entire cash settlement amount will be disbursed to schools in order to help compensate for extra personnel costs incurred due to assessment issues. 
The State Department of Education will communicate with district superintendents as the HUMRRO report is issued, cash is distributed and in-kind components are put into place. 
The Oklahoma Attorney General’s office has expressed interest in reviewing the settlement prior to OMES finalizing paperwork. 

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