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    Parents and students stressed over dummy questions and opt-out policies used for new school tests Though city school officials said the new tests went over
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      Parents and students stressed over dummy questions and opt-out policies used for new school tests

      Though city school officials said the new tests went over well, some parents were angered over the inclusion of dummy questions and the punishments students could have faced if their parents opted them out.

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      By Corinne Lestch AND Ben Chapman / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

      Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 9:31 PM

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      An undisclosed number of ‘dummy questions’ that appeared on some of the new state exams will not be counted toward students’ scores, but the answers given by students will help test-makers calibrate the exams, state officials said.

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      An undisclosed number of ‘dummy questions’ that appeared on some of the new state exams will not be counted toward students’ scores, but the answers given by students will help test-makers calibrate the exams, state officials said.

      New state exams stumped public school students across the city Tuesday as they struggled to answer more difficult questions aligned to national standards.

      City school officials said the tests went well, but parents and students were frustrated by dummy questions included in the exams and policies for students who chose to opt out.

      RELATED: TOUGHER STANDARDIZED TESTS HIT NYC

      “There’s no reason to have dummy questions on the exams,” said Natasha Capers of Brooklyn, whose son is a third grader at Public School 298 in Brownsville.

      State education officials said Tuesday that an undisclosed number of test questions on the reading exams would not be counted toward the students’ scores.

      RELATED: TOUGH NEW TESTS FOR STUDENTS BEGIN TUESDAY

      Some of the same questions appear on exams taken by students in grades 3-5. The answers that students give will help test-makers calibrate the exams, state officials said.

      Sheryl Rodriguez of the Bronx said the principal of her eighth-grader daughter’s school, City College Academy, initially told the girl that she would miss prom and graduation if she didn’t take the exam. The principal later reversed her decision.

      RELATED: COMMON CORE WILL RAISE THE BAR, BUT SCORES WILL DROP

      “She was having an anxiety attack,” said Rodriquez, whose daughter Bryana Martinez ended up taking the exam.

      City College Academy principal Burnedette Drysdale didn’t return calls for comment, but officials said students who skipped the test would not face disciplinary action.

      With Kerry Burke


      Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-tests-dummy-questions-opt-out-policies-stress-parents-article-1.1318781#ixzz2Qj9z7y5z

       

       

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