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Testing company to pay $1M settlement for OKC school exam outage

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The company at the center of the OKC public schools testing mix up has agreed to pay more than $1 million after putting the schools in a bind earlier this year.
The Oklahoma State Education Department and CTB/McGraw-Hill negotiated a $1.23 million settlement.
In April, students struggled to take end-of-the-year exams when the company’s testing site was down for days with “out-of-state server problems.”
Most of the settlement will be provided through services with the company shelling out $367,000 in cash.
State Superintendent Janet Barresi said the company will provide instructional supports, professional development, voluntary benchmark assessments and reimburse districts for the extra costs associated with the outage.
The company will spend $125,000 for technology readiness assessments and $13,000 to make teachers more familiar with types of questions that will appear on English and math tests.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked to review the settlement agreement before it goes into effect.