Interesting-Marking Errors on SAT Test Caused by Dampness- Pearson says-What about optical vote ballots?


 

Interesting-Marking Errors on SAT Test Caused by Dampness- Pearson says-What about optical vote ballots?
 


23 July 2006 at 8:38:56 AM
salon

I was reading some articles on Pearson Educational and ran across this which sparked my interest due to wondering just how the mechanical process works. In other words, either this is BS or it's not. If it's true that SAT scores could be off by 100 points simply because it's a rainy day, could that also apply to voting processes?

Damp Test Scores: The recent discovery that the SAT test scores of several students (mostly from the northeast USA) may have been off by as much as 100 points due to a marking error, has made many high schoolers anxious and thrown college admission committes into a state of confusion.  The testing agency Pearson Educational Measurement in Austin where the mistake was discovered has an explanation: 

"The affected test day, Oct. 8, coincided with the beginning of a week of heavy rain in the Northeast, where most of the tests came from. As much as 10 inches fell on New Jersey.

"When there's moisture in the paper, it actually grows," said Pearson spokesman David Hakensen. That causes the ovals students fill in "to move just slightly, enough so that it will be out of registration for the scanning head to read the answers."

Whatever the explanation, this has left the poor students hanging out to dry!

This site also discusses the same issue


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