• Voluntary tests to help teachers measure student achievement among third- through 11th-graders. Cost: $6,600.
• An independent study to evaluate how the testing disruptions affected student test scores. Cost: $48,000.
The national company Human Resources Research Organization, which has experience in analyzing testing disruptions, is conducting the study, according to the news release. The company is expected to release its findings by late August.
• A study to determine whether all Oklahoma school districts have the technology they need for the next round of online testing. Cost: $125,000.
Before the testing begins, CTB/McGraw-Hill will examine bandwidth specifications for each district and look at the number of work stations, server configures and other issues. The company will also perform online stress tests, train school officials and set up a forum for discussing technology issues with each district.
The study is aimed at helping state education officials decide which districts may need to make special arrangements for students taking online tests.
Barresi said she was pleased with the settlement.
“I was outraged over the disruptions during the two-day period,” she said, referring to the April 29-30 server crash. “I announced that we would seek damages to the full extent of the contract, and we took an aggressive stance. The settlement agreement amounts to three times the value of damages defined in the contract.”
Barresi also announced Thursday that the state has renewed its standardized-testing contract with CTB/McGraw-Hill for the coming year. The announcement came during a meeting of the state education board.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Oklahoma contributed to this report.