Some scores from as many as 10 percent to 12 percent of Kentucky schools on the recent statewide assessment test apparently might be wrong, according to information presented to the Kentucky Board of Education in Frankfort on Thursday.
The errors, which concern scores for special-education students, apparently occurred because some students were erroneously listed as being in "disability status."
The state Department of Education will conduct a clean-up period to review and correct the scores. Changes would relate only to portions of a school's score that concern students with disabilities. Changes would not affect individual students' scores and shouldn't change affected schools' overall scores.
The errors are in results that were released Sept. 23 from statewide tests that Kentucky students took last spring.
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Brad Hughes, a spokesman for the Kentucky School Boards Association, sent out a report to association members Thursday morning alerting them to the problem.
Hughes quoted Ken Draut, the education department's associate commissioner for assessment and accountability, as saying the problem is a "non-systemic error" that the department is still trying to figure out.
"It looks to us like these are kids who were in disability status, exited and then somehow got their tag back on," Draut said at the school board meeting.
Draut said department officials are trying to determine "where the error occurred in the computer programming and in the database to allow us to fix it for the future."
Word of possible problems with tests scores for special-education students first surfaced late last month. Some districts — including Scott County Public Schools and Barren County Public Schools — said test results they received from the state for special-education students in their schools appeared to be wrong. But state education department officials said at the time that they thought only a few schools were affected.