Mississippi Gives Student Testing Company An "F"

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — The Mississippi Department of Education has given an “F” – as in you’re “F”ired – to a company contracted to score U.S. history exams for students on track to graduate this spring. The Board says the company, Pearson PLC, used the wrong table to grade the tests which raises questions about the graduation status of about 1,000 students statewide. The Pearson contract was worth about $24 million over the next six years to provide tests for history, high school biology, 5th-grade science and 8th-grade science. For the rest of the year, Questar Assessment of Minnesota has been hired to fill in at a cost of $2.2 million. The state has not decided what actions to take to correct the erroneous test score results.

 

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