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Oklahoma To Withdraw From Testing Group

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi
Oklahoma Department of Education

Oklahoma Superintendent Janet Barresi says the state is backing out of a testing consortium to work with another company to develop its own standardized tests for the 2014-2015 school year. 

Barresi says that the decision to withdraw from the multistate group was made after teachers and parents voiced concerns about the extra hours of test-taking that would be involved with it.

Barresi says their concerns, along with her own about the technological readiness of the state's public schools and higher anticipated costs, were her three primary reasons for backing out.

Oklahoma needs new tests to coincide with its implementation of new curriculum standards, called the Common Core State Standards.

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