Definitely an anomaly
The independent testing expert that's been reviewing Florida's problematic 2006 third-grade FCAT reading scores has issued a report saying that the error "clearly appears to be aberrant."
"By inspection alone, it is clear that the shape of its distribution differs from that of any of the other years. The scores earned that year do not fit the pattern seen in previous years and in 2007," writes Kurt F. Geisinger and his team from the Buros Center for Testing at the University of Nebraska.
The group "strongly" recommends against rescoring the 2006 test.
Education commissioner Eric J. Smith says in a news release that the Department of Education already has implemented many of the recommendations made by the Buros Center to ensure the state has no problems with the upcoming FCAT administration. Those reforms will remain in place into the future, he added.