Newspaper: Standardized test problems are common

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Updated: Sat, 14 Sep 2013 12:16:07 EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A newspaper investigation shows that miscalculated scores, flawed questions and other errors on standardized tests have become common in public schools across the country. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that repeated failures in quality-control measures allowed mistakes to keep happening even as testing took on a more crucial role. Some students have been initially denied diplomas or entry into special academic programs because of incorrect scores. The findings expose significant problems in the execution of the landmark No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. That legislation sought to use test scores to hold schools publicly accountable for students' academic performance. The newspaper has previously reported other problems with standardized testing, exposing widespread cheating in Atlanta Public Schools. A follow-up in 2012 revealed nearly 200 school districts nationwide had high concentrations of suspect scores.

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