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Illinois to Re-crunch Student Test Scores

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Illinois school officials say they have to re-calculate hundreds of thousands of state test scores. That’s because results from this year’s tests have come back with dramatically different scores from last year. Matt Vanover is a spokesperson from the Illinois Board of Education. He says it’s important these test scores reflect a student’s knowledge.

VANOVER: These scores are essentially what are used to determine adequate yearly progress for schools, they are also used by schools as one form of measuring how a student is doing, where they may need additional assistance.

Vanover says 900,000 students’ tests will be re-scored. He says the company that originally assessed them will pay the additional cost. Vanover says school districts will be getting their results several weeks later than usual because of the re-scoring.

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