State education officials have scrapped the results of Maine’s 8th grade writing test after 78% of students failed to meet state standards.
The one-question test for 2007-08 was administered in March to nearly 15,000 students, who were required to write a persuasive essay.
Education Commissioner Susan Gendron said the test was somehow flawed and triggered false results, although officials say they can’t pinpoint exactly why.
The state withheld the test results when it released the latest Maine Educational Assessment scores in July.
The Department of Education released the writing results after the Maine Sunday Telegram sought the information under the state’s Freedom of Access Act.