CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A national student testing company was warned of problems in its ranking system four months before it admitted problems to the New York City Board of Education.
Tennessee education officials told CTB/McGraw-Hill last spring that its ranking system was wrong, figuring that the company would alert other states to the problem.
Instead, 8,600 students were mistakenly sent to summer school in New York City because of a scoring error, and the company has recently admitted problems with test results in Indiana, Nevada, South Carolina and Wisconsin.
Benjamin Brown, executive director of evaluation and assessment for the Tennessee Department of Education, believes the problems were preventable.
"It would seem to me that when that was brought to their attention by Tennessee, that they would have immediately looked at the scales more closely and discovered what they had done that would impact all these other places," Brown said.