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Topic: Math B Exam
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Fred Salvo

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Registered: 2/2/05
Math B Exam
Posted: Jun 21, 2008 12:15 PM
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In reading the comments about the exam I think many may agree with my
primary observation and criticism of the test. The test does not grant
enough credits for many of the questions.

This is a recurring problem since the state went to 88 points, I guess they
don't think anyone will realize that 52% (43%for math A) is passing instead
of 65%. If direct and fair questions were asked such camouflage would be

For example #25 a 2 point question required that students find the other
base angle, the vertex angle, and use the area formula (provided). I think
this question is fair. However some students found the base with the law of
sines and then used the area formula. Others dropped an altitude, found the
base and height by right triangle trig methods and used the plane geometry
area of a triangle formula. Not the right approach but good math just the
same. When they were 2 tenths off the correct area they were awarded 1 point
loosing half the credit for a rounding error. There is nothing wrong with
the question, just not enough credit for some student responses.

Questions 33, using the solution in the rubric, 34 poorly worded as well, 29
(best example), are all better examples of not enough points for the work
required. For the student who does the problem in the easiest and most
direct method the test is fine. But for the average 11th grade math student
who sometimes took the long way around there are not enough points to give a
fair and accurate grading to their work.

Thank you for allowing me a place to have my say. The state requests but as
far as I have experienced does not listen to nor act on comments.

Fred Salvo
St. Francis Prep.

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