Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

August 14, 2013

4,000 Va. students receive incorrect test scores


Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. — More than 4,000 Virginia students with cognitive disabilities were incorrectly told they had passed a test after a scoring error by a national company with a history of similar mistakes.

The Washington Post reports that testing company Pearson provided miscalculated scorecards to school divisions over the summer to judge the assessments taken last school year. Scores that should have registered as a fail instead were given a higher proficiency level.

Virginia has a three-year, $110 million contract with Pearson to administer and score state tests.

The company apologized for the inconvenience in a statement.

Pearson issued a similar apology last spring for mistakes in scoring admissions tests for gifted and talented programs in New York City. Scoring problems also caused delays in test results in Florida and Minnesota.