Joy Hofmeister Applauds State Board Action
(OKLAHOMA CITY - Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014) Today, Joy Hofmeister applauded actions taken by the State Board of Education to delay the hire of CTB/McGraw Hill as the assessment vendor for the fall.
“The State Department of Education’s inability to find a testing vendor that meets the needs of our students is completely irresponsible,” said Hofmeister. “Awarding $2.8 million of taxpayer money to a vendor that is under investigation by our Attorney General and cannot provide basic assurances to our students, teachers, school districts and parents is ludicrous. Our students deserve assessments that accurately test their knowledge, and our teachers deserve a system that does not bring fear, unnecessary stress and technical difficulties into the classroom.
“In regards to recent hires at the state department, it is entirely inappropriate for Superintendent Barresi to make unnecessary high level staff changes of this nature when she is in office for only three more months.
“Both of these items further disrupt our system of education, back our state into a corner, and frankly appear to be more about retribution than about qualifications and standards. The people of Oklahoma have spoken, and yet Superintendent Barresi continues to abuse the power she was entrusted with four years ago.
“I applaud the board, and Representative Smalley, for leading on these critical issues.”