Ky. Bans Use of Algebra Program on Test

By Associated Press | 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday has banned the use of an algebra software program by high school students taking a statewide college-readiness test.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Holliday announced the decision on Tuesday after officials concluded the algebra software program Zoom Math could artificially inflate scores on the ACT's Compass test. Compass is used as a placement test for seniors who did not meet benchmarks for college-readiness on the ACT test as juniors.

The decision comes after the Department of Education reviewed the software's impact on test scores after hearing concerns from a Northern Kentucky University math professor.

Under ACT rules, students are allowed to use calculators that have had the Zoom Math software added.

ACT spokesman Edward Colby said the organization is reviewing the matter.

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