200 Arkansans Affected by Teacher-Test Score Mistake

AUGUST 5, 2004 - Posted at 7:26 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - About 200 Arkansans who thought they had failed teacher licensing tests in the last year-and-a-half were among the 4,100 people nationwide who found out recently the exams were scored incorrectly.

The Educational Testing Service was prompted to examine the test results after one of the New Jersey company's 19 client states questioned the pass rates of teacher applicants.

Peter Yeager, a spokesman for the company, said statisticians discovered that the short essays were graded harder than they should have been on exams taken between January 2003 and April 2004.

Educational Testing Service has notified the affected candidates and has mailed their corrected scores to them.  The company also is refunding the $115 registration and testing fee.

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