15 Hinton high school students have test scores invalidated by Oklahoma Education Department

End-of-instruction exam scores of 15 Hinton Public Schools students are invalidated following an investigation of the rural district's testing program by the Oklahoma Education Department.
by Andrew Knittle Published: September 10, 2012

End-of-instruction exam scores of 15 Hinton Public Schools students were invalidated after an investigation of the rural district's testing program by the state Education Department, The Oklahoman has learned.

Richard Brownen, superintendent of Hinton Public Schools, said the Education Department found several infractions in the district's testing program. He said the infractions occurred in the spring of 2010 and the summer of 2011.

Brownen said the district has about 170 students in high school, meaning nearly 10 percent of test-taking students were affected by the invalidations.

The district's former testing coordinator, Cheryl Garrison, resigned during a recent school board meeting. Former Superintendent Patrick Duffy, who now works at Jefferson Middle School in Oklahoma City as an assistant principal, resigned in June.

The names of the students and which grades they were in at the time of the infractions were not made available because of confidentiality issues.

Some students will retake exams

Students who are still in school will have to retake the exams and will be offered remediation, Brownen said.

“Those who're already in college … we've been told by the Education Department that they will be held harmless,” he said.

Brownen said the district was told by Education Department officials that “the invalidated scores arose … from how testing procedures and security were enforced” during the exams.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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According to state Education Department documents, Hinton schools serve about 700 students. Hinton is 50 miles west of Oklahoma City in Caddo County.

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