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Kansas: Officials to determine whether test results are valid

May 22, 2014

— Education officials plan to discuss this week if results from troubled school tests will be considered valid.

The annual math and reading tests at Kansas schools were disrupted this year by problems with the state’s new test delivery system. When those problems eased, the tests were hit by cyber attacks. The state’s students finished the tests last week.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the problems have raised questions about whether Kansas would have enough testing data to release accurate results, and whether individual test questions were valid.

Marianne Perie, director of the University of Kansas’ Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation, said she believes the state-level aggregate results will be valid, but it’s unclear whether the results will be valid for individual districts, schools and students.


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