Anticipating a Testy Meeting
Yesterday, CTB/McGraw-Hill sent district testing coordinators notice of a statewide meeting in Oklahoma City next week.
|MEMORANDUMTO: District Test Coordinators
FROM: CTB’s Oklahoma Program Team
DATE: May 14, 2013
SUBJECT: Oklahoma Annual District Test Coordinator Meeting
Dear District Test Coordinator,
CTB and the Oklahoma State Department of Education (SDE) invite you to participate in the annual Oklahoma District Test Coordinator’s meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at the Sheraton Reed Center in Midwest City. The meeting is held as an opportunity to review the most recent Oklahoma OCCT & OMAAP test administrations in Grades 3-8 and End-of-Instruction, and receive feedback on opportunities to improve delivery of the testing program.
The meeting will focus on program logistics (student precode uploads, materials ordering & fulfillment), customer support and CTB’s Online Assessment System (OAS). District Technology Coordinators are invited and encouraged to attend along with their DTC to provide feedback related to OAS setup and technology items.
The meeting will begin at 9:00am, with lunch provided at 12:30pm. A detailed agenda will be provided to participants ahead of the meeting.
In order to ensure adequate space for all attendees, please register using the link provided below. WebEx will be used to capture participant registrations, but the meeting will be held on-site only.
PLEASE NOTE: After clicking on the link, you will be asked to provide information and to indicate a “District Name.” This step is important, as it verifies your participation.
If you have any difficulties registering, or have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the CTB Oklahoma Help Desk and we will be happy to assist you.
CTB’s Oklahoma Program Team
I don’t quite understand the point of using WebEx to capture participation but not to simulcast the meeting. This is a rough time of year for schools. In many districts – dare I say all districts – DTCs have other responsibilities. If next week is the last with students, it will be hard to get away.
I wouldn’t want to miss this though. While the meeting agenda won’t be released for a few more days, I have a hunch that some of the DTCs will want to discuss the ineptitude of this year’s testing. It’s not just the thousands of invalidated tests due to server problems. Printed materials and shipments were fouled up too. Something tells me the individual(s) responsible for the mail merge that screwed up distribution also typed the extra digit in the phone number above.
I bet there are also a few superintendents who would like to discuss the fact that the SDE shows no intent to replace CTB with another vendor. Solutions presented thus far do little to punish CTB. Isn’t the whole point of testing accountability? What happened to the outrage expressed a couple of weeks ago? The solutions being floated to districts are hardly punitive. Rather they stand to make the state even more dependent upon CTB.
I hope the meeting is well-attended, and that district representatives are allowed to speak their mind. Otherwise, driving in from the corners of Oklahoma hardly makes sense.