Mistake in Scoring Test Adds NYC Gifted Students

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    Nearly 5,000 New York City students' eligibility for gifted and talented programs has been affected after an error in the scoring of the test was identified.
     
    Department of Education Chancellor Dennis Walcott said Friday complaints by two parents initiated a review by Pearson, the company that administered the test.

      A Department of Education spokeswoman said that about 2,698 test takers who previously didn't qualify for district gifted and talented programs now do. She said 2,037 students who previously only qualified for the district programs now qualify for the more competitive citywide programs.
     
    In a statement, Pearson apologized for the error. Walcott called the mistake "unacceptable.''
     
    The city is notifying families about whether their student's eligibility was impacted by the mistake. Updated score reports will be released by April 29.

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