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Some Oklahoma educators furious over Janet Barresi's reasoning on testing

By ANDREA EGER - Tulsa World Modified: July 3, 2013 at 10:01 am •  Published: July 3, 2013

State Superintendent Janet Barresi's announcement that Oklahoma will go it alone on its next generation of standardized tests has left educators scratching their heads about the future, but some of her claims behind her reasoning have made them furious.

Meanwhile, the child advocacy group Stand for Children Oklahoma expressed concern that Barresi's decision could undermine the implementation of new Common Core state standards here if the state doesn't have a "quality and rigorous assessment that has comparability with other states."

Using new assessments developed through a consortium of 20 or so other states called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, was one of Barresi's first major decisions upon taking office in January 2011.

But on Monday, Barresi reversed herself, saying she was heeding widespread concerns about additional test-taking hours that would be involved in PARCC assessments, along with her own about the technological readiness of state public schools and higher anticipated costs.

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