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Springfield tests riddled with errors don’t make the grade

By Elizabeth Corridan

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — One mistake, after another.  A recent batch of tests administered to over 2,600 Springfield high school students is riddled with mistakes. 

abc40 and FOX6 obtained copies of two exams from an outraged School Committee member, Antonette Pepe.  Nearly every page is marked up with corrections. 

“I was appalled, then I became concerned with the effect on their placement,” said Pepe.

The tests were designed by Acuity, part of McGraw Hill.   Earlier this year, the school department signed a three-year contract with the company to develop and assess certain tests.  This year alone, the contract is costing the city over $373,000.

Superintendent Alan Ingram released a statement, which reads “An error such as this is unacceptable and we are taking every step to ensure that student testing is never again compromised in this manner.  We have met and continue to meet with Acuity administrators and have taken action to correct the issue.”                 

Dr. Ingram says there is no indication any student grade was impacted by the mistakes.  

Pepe is calling on the city to sever its contract with Acuity.  She had scheduled a meeting with  Ingram Monday afternoon to discuss the issue further.

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