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Study: States Unclear on Meaning of Passing

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The process of setting passing scores on state tests used to judge schools under the federal No Child Left Behind Act lacks transparency in 20 states, says a report from Education Sector.

The Washington-based think tank looked for information on state Web sites about the number of test items a student needed to answer correctly to perform at the “proficient” level on state exams. States that posted such information were counted as “transparent.”

States with “nontransparent,” unavailable, or very hard-to-locate data were Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Vol. 25, Issue 44, Page 16

Published in Print: August 9, 2006, as Study: States Unclear on Meaning of Passing

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