Writing Tests: Let the SNAFUs begin!
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.
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.
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.