The Norman Transcript


July 26, 2013

CTB/McGraw-Hill to pay over 1.2M for disruptions



· Commissioning of an independent study 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 ($48,000)

· Prior to testing, CTB will conduct a technology readiness assessment of each Oklahoma School District ($125,000)

Evaluations will include:

· Capturing specifications regarding bandwidth, number of workstations, server configuration, etc. at each school site

· Identifying a technology contact at each school district

· Performing online stress tests at every site

· Conducting training and deploy implementation services at all sites

· Establishing a technology forum to deliver regular communications to districts

The entire cash settlement amount will be disbursed to schools to help compensate for extra personnel costs incurred due to assessment issues this past spring.

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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