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Topic: Question 30 - June 2013 IA Regents
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Re: ambiguity reigns supreme
Posted: Jun 13, 2013 6:27 PM
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The tests used to be written by teachers. There rarely were issues with those exams. That was back when we were trusted to grade our own exams. Those were the good old days when the exams covered the curriculum and we knew what to expect.

I am very glad to be retired.

Beth Howitt

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On Jun 13, 2013, at 3:16 PM, wrote:

> 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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