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Statement by Speaker Christine C. Quinn Re: Pearson error in scoring Gifted and Talented admission tests

May 11, 2013
“Students know that there are consequences when you make repeated mistakes and it’s time Pearson learns that same lesson. Their contract with the City Department of Education should be terminated.
“Students know that there are consequences when you make repeated mistakes and it’s time Pearson learns that same lesson. Their contract with the City Department of Education should be terminated. The fact that Pearson has again failed to properly score the city’s gifted and talented tests and even more egregiously, lied about conducting quality assurance checks when correcting their first error, is totally unacceptable.

Any confidence city families had in Pearson has been irreparably damaged, and I urge the New York State Department of Education to learn from DOE’s experience, vet every stage of Pearson’s scoring of the state exams and carefully reconsider whether Pearson should be trusted with future state testing.”

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