Oklahoma education department settles with testing vendor for nearly $1.3 million

BY KIM ARCHER - Tulsa World Modified: July 25, 2013 at 10:34 am •  Published: July 25, 2013
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The Oklahoma State Education Department and CTB/McGraw-Hill testing vendor have negotiated a nearly $1.3 million settlement after widespread disruptions of standardized testing during the April testing period, Superintendent Janet Barresi announced Thursday at the state education board meeting.

She said State Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked to review the settlement agreement, so it will go to him for his perusal before taking effect.

"This settlement is triple the one percent value the contract called for," Barresi said. "We thought constantly about the suffering the children experienced as a result of this outage. We were determined to assure that we sent a strong message that this was not acceptable and that these kids deserve better."

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