Regents math test is easier to pass – thanks to low standards
By Susan Edelman
In this article Ms. Edelman describes how politics plays into the mis-education of children allowing elitists to profit from their failure.
“New York high-schoolers who took the Regents Common Core Algebra I exam this month had to earn just 27 of 86 points, or 31.4 percent, to pass. On the Regents grading scale, that gives them a minimum passing score of 65.
The required number of right answers remains at its lowest level since the exam — which kids must pass to graduate — was introduced three years ago, records show.
. . . Aaron Pallas, chair of education policy and social analysis at Columbia’s Teachers College, said the threshold for passing should get higher as math skills sharpen.
“Kids should be doing better,” he said. “It should require a higher score to be proficient, but that’s not yet what we’re seeing. It’s going the other way, which is puzzling.”
Setting standards is a “political” decision, Pallas noted. Officials want a challenging test but a scoring system that doesn’t knock down the graduation rate — and outrage parents.
Bob Schaeffer, public education director for the national watchdog FairTest, said, “If the test’s difficulty has remained constant from year to year, then it certainly looks like passing the Algebra I exam became easier.”
. . . “Cutoff scores have been manipulated to produce politically desirable results in many jurisdictions,” Schaeffer said.
But David Rubel, a consultant to city parochial schools that award Regents diplomas, foresees a crisis.
Last year, 11,340 more students failed Regents Algebra exams than in 2014, he found. Meanwhile, the number of students who failed eighth-grade state math exams has tripled from 14,000 in 2012 to 44,483 since Common Core exams in grades 3 to 8 were introduced.
“I think you have a storm warning,” Rubel said. “That’s a huge number of kids not on track to graduate.”
Our children are purposefully being mis-educated to maintain the continued control of elitists over our government which supports their profits.
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