KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas education officials blamed a calculation error Monday for overreporting the amount the achievement gap between poor and more affluent students and minority and nonminority students grew on this year’s state tests.
The Kansas Department of Education said in a news release that the issue was with how the state dealt with three districts that don’t give their eighth-grade and high school students the standard state exam. The McPherson, Kansas City, Kan., and Clifton-Clyde districts use the ACT college entrance exam and another test designed for younger students called ACT EXPLORE after receiving a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind education law. That waiver is different from a statewide waiver Kansas received over the summer.
Scores on the alternative exams were converted so they could be used when calculating statewide results. The problem is older students from the three districts were counted twice…
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