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Harcourt Owns Up To Errors In Standardized Testing

Honolulu) -- Flaws in a standardized test given to Hawaii public school students were mostly misprints in instructions and should not require students to be re-examined.

That's according to officials from the testing company who explained the errors to a state Board of Education meeting on Maui Friday.

Texas-based Harcourt Assessment says most mistakes were the result of employees taking shortcuts.

The company says it found only one instance where an error may have affected a student's score.

The Hawaii State Assessment is a series of tests that help determine which schools meet federal standards and which face sanctions under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

As the tests were being given this year, teachers discovered errors in directions and in sample questions and answers given to students.


KNHL News 8 Hawaii
2004-05-22
http://www.khnl.com/Global/story.asp?S=1885271


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