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Topic: Question 30 - June 2013 IA Regents
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ambiguity reigns supreme
Posted: Jun 13, 2013 3:16 PM
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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!


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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