Tulsa, Okla. - Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard took direct aim at State Superintendent Janet Barresi and her department for the recent computer glitch that caused what he calls a disastrous delay in the testing process for many students.
"They went through the process and realized they made mistakes. The whole process was invalidated and they had to go though it again," Ballard said. "I can't even begin to explain the level of frustration that I heard from testing coordinators."
Ballard also accused Barresi of being determined to change testing vendors and said there were delays in getting testing materials to schools.
But Department of Education spokesperson Tricia Pemberton called Ballard's allegations "ludicrous" and said the normal bidding process was used to choose the vendor, CTB/McGraw Hill.
She said a "clerical error" did cause a two-month delay in the bidding process.
But she said it was difficult to say if that delay is what led to the eventual computer glitches and testing delays.
And she doesn't see how it would have affected the outcome of which company eventually won the bid.
Ballard thinks the amount of money spent and the results so far are things taxpayers should know.
"It's a $9 million deal, so it's something that all Oklahomans would want to know about and should know about," Ballard.