‘Tis the Season
It’s already starting. Yesterday, CTB/McGraw Hill sent District Testing Coordinators the following memo:
TO: District Test Coordinators & Technology Coordinators
FROM: CTB’s Oklahoma Program Team
DATE: April 2, 2014
SUBJECT: Oklahoma Online Test Administration System Disruptions Today 4/2/14 – Please READ
Please read this important message below:
The Oklahoma Online Test Administration System (TAS), used by coordinators to manage testing, is currently experiencing technical issues that are causing administrators to be logged out of the system on a consistent basis. Our technology engineers are working diligently to isolate the source of the issues and make the necessary adjustments to return to a normal status as soon as possible.
We apologize for this inconvenience, and assure you of our best efforts to resolve this as quickly as possible. We will send you an updated communication when this situation is resolved, along with posting live updates on the CTB OK Web Portal (www.ctb.com/ok).
Note: the test delivery client (TDC) used by students taking the Oklahoma EOI Online Optional Retest is working normally and students may continue testing as scheduled.
Please distribute this message to all appropriate personnel. Should you have any questions regarding Oklahoma Online testing status, please contact the CTB Oklahoma Help Desk. Our Customer Support agents will be happy to assist you.
CTB’s Oklahoma Program Team
Meanwhile, a reader sent me the following insight into one school’s frustration:
|Is the cost of testing public record? I would like an itemized list of each item, including all security forms, and shipping cost. I would really like to calculate the cost of all of the extra stuff that will not be used and shipping. I’m from a small to medium district and received 36 English II&III administration manuals. I have 2 teachers that teach those areas. The most I would need is 5 and that is if all of our computer labs were being used at the same time! This is just one example. I bet the state could save $$$$$ if the counts were appropriate.
Several of the full size boxed contained less than 10 items. Why were they not put in the other 1/2 filled boxes? Talk about waste.
I’m glad we’re starting off stress free. Yay, April!