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Texas standardized test questions released accidentally

DALLAS (AP) - The company that runs Texas' standardized school tests is acknowledging it accidentally released to test scorers two English essay questions on the exams before they were given.

Officials at the testing firm Pearson tell The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/1mXpxIg ) the mistake was theirs and they regret it. The firm has a $90 million contract with the state.

The English tests were given March 31 and April 1 and the two questions appeared a few days earlier in emails sent to scorers.

The Texas Education Agency says the likelihood is small that the information reached students but it will be examining scores in districts where the scorers who obtained the questions teach.

The questions normally are given to scorers but not until after the tests are given.

Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

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