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State Admits Math Errors On End-Of-Grade Tests

Posted May 23, 2001 7:38 a.m. EDT

— The state is admitting that it made a mistake in scoring the math section of this year's end-of-grade tests.

Several North Carolina schools took the tests earlier in May. The stateDepartment of Public Instructionadmits the testing agency made the passing scores too low. When 99 percent of students at West Clayton Elementary in Johnston County passed the test, officials became suspicious.

"We started hearing results from other counties and realizing that it was across the state, not just in our county, so that disappointed us a little," says math teacher Vickie Williams.

The state says students who passed the test this month can keep their scores, but individual schools still have the option of holding kids back if they do not meet promotion standards.