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Computer Glitch Throws Off New York Principals' Scores

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New York state education officials, citing a computer glitch, have ordered a recalculation of job-performance "growth" scores given to thousands of principals and schools based on results of student testing last spring.

Officials described the impact of the computer error as small—affecting about one-half of 1 percent of more than 40,000 educators who received state performance ratings for the 2014-15 school year. In most cases, the error threw off the scores by no more than 1 point, they added.

State officials attributed the data-processing error to the American Institutes for Research, a Washington-based nonprofit organization.

Vol. 35, Issue 20, Page 4

Published in Print: February 10, 2016, as Computer Glitch Throws Off New York Principals' Scores
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