ST. PAUL (AP) -- High school seniors denied graduation last spring because of scoring errors on their basic-skills math tests will be honored by Gov. Jesse Ventura next month at a ceremony.
Ventura will be joined by Education Commissioner Christine Jax at the Oct. 11 event in the State Capitol Rotunda. It's not billed as a graduation ceremony because most of the students received diplomas soon after the mistakes were announced in late July.
All but six of the 48 seniors wrongly told they couldn't graduate were allowed to participate in their commencement ceremonies, said Rachel Tschida, a spokeswoman for the Department of Children, Families and Learning.
Ventura will present certificates to the students and pose for pictures with them, Tschida said.
The ceremony will run from 3:30 to 5 p.m., followed by a private reception for the students, their families and guests. National Computer Systems, the Eden Prairie company that made the scoring errors, will pay for the ceremony.
The company incorrectly scored more than 47,000 basic-skills math tests taken in February and April. Almost 8,000 students who had passed the tests were told they had failed. Of those, more than 300 were seniors. Students must pass the basic-skills tests to earn a diploma.
Several families have sued NCS, and attorneys for both sides are scheduled to meet in count Oct. 31.
At issue is determining whether four suits filed against the company can be combined as a class-action lawsuit and whether NCS is liable for damages beyond the $1,000 per student it has offered for expenses such as tutoring. NCS has argued against class-action status.
Brainerd Dispatch ©2013. All Rights Reserved.