Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Let's make mathematics great again...

Print Friendly and PDF This is a magical question from the New York Regents Exam in Geometry (Common Core) of June 2016. Based on a NYSED decision, both (1) and (3) are accepted as correct, which means that item III is both always true and not always true. Magic!!!
For the visually-motivated. here is a quick GeoGebra file based on this question.. Unfortunately, due to space limitations, I had to put limits on the dilation scale factor and the translation components (computers do not like to accept infinity as a number!)

This question was one of 3 in this exam in which multiple answers were deemed acceptable (after initial scoring, grading, and graduations were all over.)

I have two concerns over this fiasco:
  1. A student seriously confused by question 14 (not be the mathematics) might have, in following the directions to indicate the BEST choice, left the answer blank. That would have been correct, as there cannot be multiple BEST answers. They would get no credit, yet a student who was clueless and put down a random selection would get credit.
  2. Many teachers use old regents exams as study/review/practice for exam time. What will NYSED do to ensure that future use of these exams is predicated on information regarding these mess-ups? It is now three questions (14, 22, and 24) on this exam that have been acknowledged as invalid.
Be aware that on question 14 two answer selections are accepted as correct, on question 22 all 4 answer selections are being accepted as correct, and on question 24 all 4 answers plus a blank are being accepted as correct. See these links: question 24, questions 14 and 22

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