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Writing Tests: Let the SNAFUs begin!

February 5, 2014

There has been a lot of good cold weather blogging in the state this week. Maybe snow brings out the best in Oklahoma educators. Here are three must reads from yesterday:

Random Reflections From an Educator: Staying Focused as Testing Season Squeezes Closer

Excellence in Mediocrity: Houston, we have a (testing) problem

A View From the Edge: Did Rob just say the “O” word?

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that all three have a testing theme. Nor should the following memo from CTB shock any of us:


TO: District Test Coordinators

FROM: CTB’s Oklahoma Grades 3-8 Program Team

DATE: February 3, 2014

SUBJECT: Grade 8 Writing Secure Test Materials Overage

Dear District Test Coordinator,

Several districts have contacted the Oklahoma State Department of Education and CTB/McGraw-Hill regarding Grade 8 Writing Test Books included in the elementary school shipments containing the secure Writing test materials. A thorough review of CTB’s fulfillment processes identified a discrepancy in the mechanism used to determine the appropriate distribution of the Grade 8 Writing Test Book overages intended for the Middle Schools.

Districts should collect the Grade 8 materials from the elementary schools and put them back in district overage inventory to be redistributed to middle schools who may need additional materials. Please keep a record of these materials so that they can be fully accounted for when they are returned to CTB/McGraw-Hill at the end of the test window.

CTB regrets the inconvenience caused to districts and schools by this fulfillment discrepancy. If you have any questions or require any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the CTB Oklahoma Help Desk. Our Customer Care representatives will be happy to assist you.

Thank you,

CTB’s Oklahoma Grades 3-8 Program Team

Not only did they fail to count materials and ship them properly, they also have mixed up fifth and eighth grade materials. If this process weren’t so inherently stressful on a good day, I would find this comical – just as I find this CTB letterhead image amusing.

CTB help the blah blah - Copy

For those of you reading in email and unable to view the image, it has the company logo/name, and the phrase “Help the teacher help the child.”

Try harder, CTB. Try harder.

  1. Brooke
    February 5, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I’m sure schools will eventually be “blamed” for this. It’s the usual Barresi style. 😉


  2. joeddins
    February 5, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Thank you. I liked access to this.Joe Eddins,Vinita


  3. February 5, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Don’t loose track of the fact that CTB couldn’t account for more than 1000 test booklets that they misplaced from last year’s tests. We have a critical issue with test security as it relates to this company.


  4. February 5, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    McGraw Hills official disclaimer–
    Common Core Standards are copyrighted by NGA & CCSSO. Below is the link to the public license which contains a very interesting disclaimer from McGraw Hill. This whole document needs a thorough examination by our State Attorney General. Of course Common Core is state written and led that’s why the standards are copyright to these two national organizations. LOL…. Except: “McGraw-Hill makes no representations or warranties as to the accuracy of any information contained in the McGraw-Hill Material, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. In no event shall McGraw-Hill have any liability to any party for special, incidental, tort, or consequential damages arising out of or in connection with the McGraw-Hill Material, even if McGraw-Hill has been advised of the possibility of such damages.”

    Read that and more on this one page document: http://www.corestandards.org/public-license


  5. Rob miller
    February 6, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Thanks for the shout out! Seems like quite a few folks were interested in the “O” word as well. Hoping to hear it a lot this spring.


    • February 6, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Save for later: Title for a blog post “O is for Oklahoma!”


  6. Rob miller
    February 7, 2014 at 4:20 am

    O, I like that!


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