Misclassified Students

K-12 Testing

Using data released by state education officials reporting measurement error built into the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) exams, Virginia parents announced that "half a million of the state’s SOL tests have misclassified students as failing when they shouldn’t have or passing when they shouldn’t have." In testing terms, these students are "false positives" and "false negatives," referring to the statistical tendency of standardized tests to over or under-estimate the "true score" of test takers.


"These tests are fallible, the state’s statistical reporting is fallible, the scores and classifications based on them are fallible, and the victims are Virginia’s children," said Mickey VanDerwerker, a spokesperson for Parents Across Virginia United to Reform SOLs (PAVURSOL).


• Contact: Mickey VanDer- werker (508) 586-6149,