Illinois allows students to pass state tests with fewer correct answers

10/17/2010 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Illinois students can now get more wrong answers and still score "proficient" on state tests. State officials say they are using a common practice called "equating" to keep test scores comparable over multiple years as the rigor of the tests increase. However, some testing experts are questioning the state's use of the method. "It absolutely does not make sense," an Ohio-based testing official said.

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