Hi, This is the same state ed department that gives only 50% credit for stating the y intercept of a line as an ordered pair rather than just a single number? Makes me glad I'm retired... Dave Denison, former math teacher -------------------------------------------- On Mon, 5/12/14, Dr. Cheriese Pemberton <CPemberton@lbeach.org> wrote:
Subject: PLEASE CALL NYSED To: email@example.com Date: Monday, May 12, 2014, 6:23 AM
Dear Fellow Colleagues, I hope this email finds you well and able to join me in advocating for our students. Today, I participated in regional scoring for grade 7 and observed a true injustice to our students due to the guided papers provided by NYSED. I ask that you please refer to the scoring leaders practice set page 24 (practice set 24). The student demonstrated ?thorough understanding of the mathematical concepts and/or procedures of the task,? yet s/he received 1 out of 2 points. Standard Assessed: CCSS 7.G.4 Know the formula for the area and circumference of a circle and use them to solve problems; give an informal derivation of the relationship between the circumference and area of a circle. In this specific question (#58), students are given the circumference and have to find the area using the given circumference. If you take a look at practice set 24, the student does exactly that and shows the work to demonstrate thorough understanding, but receives 50% credit for 100% understanding. The major problem is that I observed hundreds of students provide this response and there could be many more that I did not see. When the student provided this correct response, scorers had to give 1 point due to the guided paper (practice set #24). The only way regional scoring can make a change is if the state sends out a memorandum correcting this error. One point makes a difference. More importantly, a student deserves full-credit when s/he demonstrates thorough understanding of the standard.
Note: If you compare the practice set 24 to the training set guided paper #2 on page 24 (what a coincidence), you will notice the only difference is the student wrote d= and r = and the student received full credit. These solutions are ultimately the same, the only difference is the student on the practice set didn?t write d= and received 50%. That makes no sense to me. Furthermore, this guided paper (practice set #24) is grossly inconsistent with their 2-point holistic rubric.
Number to call: 1-888-705-9415 (7:30am to 4:30pm) Scoring Helpline
518-474 ? 5902 (Steven Katz ? Director- Office of State Assessment) I am calling NYSED first thing this morning regarding this matter. Again, I kindly request that you please call NYSED for the sake of hundreds, possibly thousands of students who demonstrated a thorough understanding of the standard and satisfied the requirements indicated on the 2-point holistic rubric, but did not receive full credit. If you need assistance navigating through your scoring materials to find the injustice that I am referring to, please call me at 516-732-1476. Together for children, Cheriese Pemberton, Ed.D.
Notice to Recipient: This electronic message and any attachments may contain confidential or privileged information, and is intended only for the individual or entity identified above as the addressee. If you are not the addressee, or the employee or agent responsible to deliver it to the addressee, or if this message has been addressed to you in error, you are hereby notified that you may not copy, forward, disclose or use any part of this message or any attachments. Please contact the sender immediately by return email or telephone and delete this message from your system. In addition, the recipient of this email is responsible for checking every incoming email for viruses. The sender of this email will not be held liable for any transmitted viruses.