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Court scraps essay portion of exam for Probation Department, scores to be 'considered'


BOSTON — Trial court officials have agreed to throw out the results of an essay exam that most state Probation Department test takers failed.

The tests were supposed to be a more objective way to judge candidates for jobs and promotions after former probation commissioner John O'Brien was convicted of running a system that rewarded politically connected candidates over the more qualified.

The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1gjdumd ) the scores will now be "considered" during candidate evaluations for those who are seeking promotions.

Court administrator Harry Spence said Wednesday any candidate who passed the multiple choice section — about 80 percent of them — would be eligible for promotions.

Twelve acting assistant chief probation officers were facing possible demotions and pay cuts after failing the essay portion of the March test.

Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com

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