Oklahoma educators need to get beyond testing troubles

The Oklahoman Editorial Published: July 24, 2013
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The fallout from the testing problems simply has to run its course. This can't happen soon enough. A significant debate is happening in Oklahoma and throughout the country about testing, school accountability and academic standards. Too often in recent years, these important discussions have been overshadowed by egos, political rhetoric and poor communication.

Education in Oklahoma is polarized. There's plenty of blame to go around, and it's agonizing to think how much worse it could get before next year's general election comes to a close. No one is satisfied with the overall academic performance of Oklahoma's students. We'd be hard-pressed to give a passing grade in the area of cooperation to any of the adult parties involved.

The unprecedented pace of reforms hitting schools, along with tight budgets, make it a tough time to be in education, whether you're a policymaker, teacher, student or parent. But if Oklahoma's education system is to ever reach its full potential, widespread cooperation is essential.

By all means, the state should seek significant compensation from a company that clearly didn't live up to its end of a hefty contract. It's the responsible thing to do on behalf of taxpayers. It would be a bonus if such an agreement would likewise send a message to students and educators that their frustrations aren't forgotten.

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