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Fayetteville State says standardized test used incorrectly


Fayetteville State University has told nursing students a standardized test that prompted complaints after students failed it won’t be used as part of their grade.

Interim Chancellor Vic Hackley told about 70 students Thursday that the test had been used incorrectly in the past and was intended only for assessment.

Students complained last week to the State Board of Nursing and the University of North Carolina system about the test from Health Education Systems. The complaints came after 43 out of 46 rising juniors and 11 seniors didn’t score a passing grade.

“The way Fayetteville State used it in the past was incorrect, and we are going to change that,” Hackley said. “HESI is not going to stop anybody from graduating.”

The university’s nursing program is trying to get full approval from the nursing board. The board delayed a vote on FSU’s program in May.

Hackley said he would have an answer next week on whether the 11 seniors would have to return in the fall to earn degrees or be allowed to graduate immediately.

Information from: The Fayetteville Observer,

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