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Topic: Question 30 - June 2013 IA Regents
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MaryAnn Casey

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Registered: 6/13/13
Re: ambiguity reigns supreme
Posted: Jun 13, 2013 5:34 PM
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I have been on multiple curriculum and test writing or review committees at SED since 1998. Since Math A & B came into existence the input from the teacher committees has often been re-interpreted, set aside, restricted by statistical needs, etc. Outside publishers are involved and teacher participation exists but does not seem to have much value.
However technically it seems that it can be said that teachers write the tests.

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On Jun 13, 2013, at 5:07 PM, Cynthia Chuttey <> wrote:

> Yes, the ?final eyes? program. I was a member of that group for one of the last Math B exams & not ONE SINGLE suggestion from our group of 10-12 math teachers was taken. I truly believe that by the time we were called to Albany, the tests had already been printed.
> From: [] On Behalf Of Liz Waite
> Sent: Thursday, June 13, 2013 4:46 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: ambiguity reigns supreme
> 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 <>
> To: nyshsmath <>
> 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!
> Sincerely,
> Jim Fish
> Mathematics Department
> JFK High School
> 305 Cayuga Creek Road
> Cheektowaga, NY 14227
> (716)897-7800 ext. 1120
> "We the willing, are doing the impossible
> for the ungrateful. We have done so much
> for so long, with so little, we are now
> qualified to do anything with nothing."

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