MEAP Mistake

By: Aaron Baskerville
By: Aaron Baskerville

One Holland high school senior says he knew something was wrong when the solution to a math question he answered twice on the state's MEAP test wasn't one of the four listed in the multiple choice.

Black River High School senior Andy Jacks submitted a formal challenge to the question. The state says it found the error in May, calling the question ambiguous.

The Michigan Department of Treasury is in charge of the test and says it in no way, shape or form, effected the scores on the tests. Officials say the questions go through a rigorous review system before a question is given the OK.

A contractor formulates the original question and then sends it through a series of reviews. State educators and content and bias committees look over the items. Officials say in some cases, it takes up to one year to finish one question.


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