The usual policy of NYSED is that if there is an error on the paper, the student cannot receive full credit. The answer to -3^2 is -9. The answer to (-3)^2 is 9. There is obviously an error.
>>> Eleanor Pupko <email@example.com> 6/23/2011 4:19 PM >>> How did you grade the composition question, #35, worth 2 points?
If a student did not put parentheses around the negative 3 but squared it correctly and found the correct answer, does the student: 1) lose a point because there were no ( ) OR 2) get full credit because he/she squared it correctly?