My jaw dropped when I read this: Incorrect spelling will not be penalised in English tests.
Some years ago, a friend working as a Spanish teacher in a very well-regarded NYC public school told me that two mistakes per sentence were acceptable on the Spanish Regent's exam, thus lifting overall grades and school scores. Now this, from England of all places. My British-schooled friends always brag about the quality of their education vs. those of us the received a traditional American one.
Guess those days are gone!