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Oops! Testing firm admits mistake in flunking students

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MINNEAPOLIS — A private testing company has promised to make amends for mistakenly flunking nearly 8,000 Minnesota high school students who took the state's basic math skills test this year, a newspaper reported Saturday.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune said the affected students included 336 seniors who may have been barred from graduating because of their scores.

Minnesota requires its seniors to pass basic skills exams in reading, writing and mathematics before they can graduate. The state pays $2.9 million a year to have National Computer Systems (NCS), based in the Twin Cities suburb of Eden Prairie, administer and grade the tests.

But David Smith, president of NCS' Assessment and Testing Services division, said an employee erred by changing the order of the questions on one form of the math test without changing the order of the corresponding answers.