ST. PAUL (AP) -- Due to scoring errors, nearly 8,000 students who were told they failed the mathematics portion of the last two Basic Standards Tests actually passed, officials said Friday.
Specialists with the Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning discovered the errors this week. The errors by National Computer Systems affected 47,097 students, including 7,989 students who were told they failed when they passed.
"I am outraged by the errors committed by NCS and the harm they have caused Minnesota students, families and schools," state Education Commissioner Christine Jax said.
The mistakes were made by the testing division of NCS, which has agreed to fix the errors immediately at no expense and contact the students whose scores were incorrect on the February and April tests.
Officials at the Eden Prairie-based scoring company said six questions on the answer key were wrong.
"I can't imagine a more horrible mistake that NCS could have made," Jax said.
Districts will receive corrected student scores in the next few days. Correct score information will be mailed to all students by Aug. 21, Jax said.
For more information, CFL has established a toll-free hot line to answer parent and student questions at 1-800-657-3927.
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