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April 19, 2013
In the latest in a series of embarrassing snafus, the testing company Pearson miscalculated thousands of city students’ scores on tests to screen for giftedness.
According to the Department of Education, 2,698 children who were told they did not hit the city’s threshold for gifted and talented program eligibility actually made the cut. Another 2,037 children had scores high enough to apply to citywide gifted programs, but were told they could apply only to less elite district programs.
Together, Pearson miscalculated the scores of 13.2 percent of test takers — and undercounted the number of test takers to hit the city’s threshold by 30 percent.
Originally, the department had said that just 9,020 students hit the eligibility threshold. The updated numbers mean that far more students are competing for seats in the city’s gifted programs than ever before, even though the city changed the admission process this year to make it harder to game.
Pearson and the department disclosed the massive error — to which they said parents had alerted them — just before 4:30 p.m. today, just hours before the deadline for eligible families to finalize their applications with the city Department of Education. But officials at the testing company and the department have known for a week about the mistakes, according to people with knowledge of the situation. (more…)