Jim, High school teachers DO write the exam questions and they are reviewed by high school teachers......including the final copy before it goes out for printing... Liz
Elizabeth Waite AMTNYS Coordinator of Reps
-----Original Message----- From: JFish <JFish@csufsd.org> To: nyshsmath <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Thu, Jun 13, 2013 3:16 pm Subject: ambiguity reigns supreme
Once again, the powers that be have managed to bungle our exam. What frustrates me the most is that these are the same people that tell us how we should be teaching. They are the same people that are holding us accountable for our results as well as things that we cannot control, like student attendance, parental neglect, etc. Presumably, these psychomatricians and educational leaders of our fine state have a year, possibly longer, to put together an exam that accurately assesses the students' progress (and ours!!!). Yet they cannot seem to avoid numerous instances of ambiguity in their questions. Why is it the so-called experts cannot recognize their own errors when we "lowly teachers" pick up on them in an instant? Apparently all of the field testing doesn't help much either.
We need to reform the exam-writing process! How about allowing actual high school math teachers that don't have their heads in the clouds write the exams?
Too much common sense in that idea? Probably! And that will be the reason it never happens.
Can't wait to see the Alg.2 and Geometry exams!
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