Scoring Snafus

Already dreaded by high schoolers, the SAT won no new fans when it emerged in early March that 4,600 tests were scored incorrectly. A week later, an additional 1,600 tests were found to need rechecking. A guide to the debacle:

Who's to blame? The rain, apparently. The morning of the October 2005 testing was so wet that the answer sheets expanded, which meant they misaligned with the scoring scanners. Because the whole process is mechanized, nobody noticed until late December, when two students asked to have their tests rescored by hand (for a fee), which took about a month. Those misscored...

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