Errors on state practice tests due to ‘limited time’

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A few mistakes on state education practice tests were the result of limited review time, officials say.

Deana Silk, with the Oklahoma State Department of Education (SDE), says after the state selected a new testing vendor last year, they only had about
three months to put together practice tests for students.

The majority of their time was spent working on the actual tests.

"Next year, hopefully we'll have all the time in the world," Silk said, "and we can go over the practice tests just as thoroughly as we go over
the actual tests."

Some of the answers on the practice tests were wrong.

The SDE says all errors have been corrected.

One question was corrected saying "correct answer should be C."

But Silk says most of the mistakes were questions that were "incorrectly aligned" - meaning not meant for a particular grade level.

"For instance, a third grader may have been taking one of these practice tests and it was more suited for a fourth grader's knowledge," she said.

Silk said students would not have seen those questions again, regardless of the errors.

"These practice tests do not predict how well a student will actually do on the real test.  They're quite different."

The testing period runs through mid-May.

The SDE says they're already working on next year's testing programs.

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