Herald and Journal, Aug. 14, 2000
Local seniors not affected by state test errors, but other students are
Seniors at local schools were not affected by errors made when National Computer Systems (NCS) made errors in scoring state basic skills math tests, recently, because the seniors had all previously passed the tests in mathematics.
The errors occurred when two NCS employees apparently violated company policy by switching the order of several questions, without changing the scoring matrix.
A Twin Cities parent, who questioned his ninth-grade daughter's score, demanded to see a copy of the test, and the errors was discovered.
State officials have determined that since the questions were some of the easiest questions, students who really answered them wrong would have gotten too many wrong on the rest of the test to have passed, according to a recent Star Tribune article.
As a result of the errors, 47,097 students received incorrect scores and 7,989 students were told they failed the math test, when they really had passed.
The errors made by (NCS) caused 28 HLWW students to be notified of incorrect scores on the state basic skills math test, said Humphrey Elementary Principal Dean Wessman.
Wessman, who is also the district's graduation standards technician, said three of those students were told they did not pass, when in fact they had passed.
HLWW school officials contacted the three students with the correct score information.
All of the students will receive corrected score reports from the NCS by the end of August, he said.
Of the 30 ninth to 12th graders who took the test, four who initially didn't pass have now passed.
Superintendent James Redfield said that he personally notified each student. He also said that none of the eighth graders had taken "B" test, the test which was scored incorrectly.
Two eighth grade students have now passed the math basic skills test who were previously told that they had failed.
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