- The Washington Times - Monday, September 6, 2004


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky woman who wants to be a schoolteacher is suing the company that created and graded the qualifying test for erroneously failing her.

Joan Beckwith, 51, wants to teach in Jefferson County, Ky., and twice took the necessary certification exam, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. Each time Educational Testing Service (ETS) of Princeton, N.J., told her she had failed their qualifying test.

However, earlier this summer ETS said test results for Miss Beckwith and more than 4,000 others in 19 states were wrong, and that Miss Beckwith had passed.

Last week, Miss Beckwith sued, saying ETS was negligent in administering the test and failing to score it properly, errors that cost her time and wages and caused her humiliation. Her attorneys are seeking class-action status for the lawsuit.

This is the first such lawsuit against ETS in Louisville. Similar actions have been filed in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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