ST. PAUL (AP) -- The chairman of a Senate education committee plans a hearing Monday to find out what caused the scoring errors on Minnesota's Basic Standards math tests.
State Sen. Larry Pogemiller, the Minneapolis DFLer who heads the Senate K-12 Education Budget Division, said the hearing will focus on what the state should do to make sure such errors don't happen again.
Officials from the state education department and National Computer Systems, the private company that handles the test for the state, have been invited to attend the hearing, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Room 112 of the Capitol.
Thousands of Minnesota students were given incorrect scores on the state's graduation math test and told they failed when they actually had passed the test.
More than 47,000 students received incorrect scores for math tests they took in February and April. Nearly 8,000 of those students were mistakenly told they failed the test, including up to 336 high school seniors who may have been wrongly barred from graduating.
The state Department of Children, Families and Learning announced the scoring errors Friday. Education commissioner Christine Jax blamed the mistakes on NCS.
"It is certainly not a good situation. I would have presumed there would be procedures in place to avoid something like this from happening, and that will be a part of the discussion," Pogemiller said.
A hot line set up by the agency to give students and parents a chance to get correct scores received hundreds of calls over the weekend. The hot line will continue as long as needed.
This week, school districts will get lists of students affected by the errors, and in the next three weeks letters will go out to all students who took the test.
Although Minnesota has been giving the Basic Standards Tests in math and reading since 1996, the Class of 2000 was the first that had to pass to graduate. Next year, students also will have to pass a writing test.
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