From Washington Post reporter Michael Alison Chandler:
Pearson, the world’s largest education and testing company, provided incorrect scorecards for more than 4,000 students in Virginia who took an alternative assessment last school year.
That mistake led to many parents receiving news this summer that their children had passed the test when they actually had failed it.
“We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has created for students, parents, schools and school divisions as well as to our colleagues at the Virginia Department of Education,” Susan Aspey, a spokesman for Pearson, said in a written statement. “We understand the importance of accurate reporting and know that the school divisions are now working very hard to make internal adjustments to their scores before reporting them to parents and the state.”
Pearson issued a similar apology last spring for making mistakes in the scoring of admissions tests for gifted and talented programs in New York City Public Schools. Other scoring problems by Pearson in recent years caused delays in final test results in Florida and Minnesota.
Scathing Purple Musings has covered many of Pearson’s previous shenanigans.