Alabama Testing Error

25,000 students in schools across Alabama received incorrect scores on very important tests.

A list released in August categorized two Wiregrass schools as having "failing" grades. However, a recent report says that's not true.

The testing error was originally reported to the state school board in December. Since then, local school officials have been crossing their fingers and hoping the bad grades were just a bad dream.

Since the final school grades were made public in august, several schools across the Wiregrass have been faced with the "school choice option." This means that starting next school year, those schools which were considered failing, have to offer tutoring services or transfer students to other schools.

A standardized testing company called "Harcourt Assessment" wrongly graded almost 600 Alabama schools on reading and math.

Because of the company's error, 10 schools in the state, including Slocomb Middle School, were considered to have met the goals when they should have been on the "needs improvement list."

Other Wiregrass schools, including Jerry Lee Faine Elementary School in Dothan and Abbeville Middle School, were on the "needs improvement list" when they actually did meet the goals.

Henry County Schools Superintendent Dennis Coe was unavailable for an interview but said schools throughout the nation are being more and more scrutinized because of the No Child Left Behind Act. Each school keeps striving to perform at the federal government's standards. But just because some schools don't meet the standards, doesn't mean they're bad schools.

The state has the third highest standard for grades in the nation.

News 4 tried to get in touch with state school board members, local school officials and representatives from "Harcourt Assessment" for comment on this recent report. They were all unavailable for comment.


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