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1st Integrated Geometry regents – initial reaction

June 17, 2009 am30 7:44 am

Yesterday the first exam in “Integrated Geometry” was administered throughout New York State. (see previous post)

My first reaction is that this is the best examination in mathematics New York State has administered in over a decade.

The exam was content-focused. There were a few algebra questions, two logic questions, but the vast majority of the points were directly related to the study of geometry.

The State did something good? Of course this is an accident. It is still a performance-based exam. Only, in the case of Integrated Geometry, when they wrote the standards, they didn’t integrate much with geometry. They were also so scared of the difficulty factor going off the scale that they avoided adding silly, confusing context to most problems.

Only 4 problems that I have found so far had problems as written. (post later today)

Because they still test standards, not content, NY State repeated the same content (equation of a circle) in three questions, while missing quite a bit of content.

At the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State listserve, the main concerns seem to be how easy the exam appeared, and the repetition of material. (See the AMTNYS discussion)

Scoring:

The exam was 28 two-point multiple-choice questions, 6 two-point free response questions, 3 four-point free response questions, and 1 six-point free response question (the proof). This is a total of 86 points.

Today schools across the state will grade the exams, and mail them to a vendor. Next week New York State will convene a committee of teachers to look at each question closely, and make some recommendations about scoring. The following day a committee of supervisors, superintendants, teachers, and school board members will make a political decision recommendation based on what pass rate is acceptable. Until then, we will not know what the passing score will be.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2009 pm30 5:22 pm 5:22 pm

    My Ap thinks it will be in the low 40’s–my guess is 42.

  2. Cahlil permalink
    June 18, 2009 pm30 5:14 pm 5:14 pm

    35 to 42, just because some kids and teachers found it easy does not mean all did. From what Ive heard most people have gotten in the 40s so it should at most be around there.

  3. neice permalink
    June 18, 2009 pm30 10:26 pm 10:26 pm

    The regents itself was easy but the teachers say the passing score is a 42 on raw score

    • Anonymous permalink
      June 21, 2009 pm30 2:24 pm 2:24 pm

      it was good not easy =P

  4. Anonymous permalink
    June 21, 2009 pm30 2:23 pm 2:23 pm

    Where is the conversion chart? Please find it

    kay thankss

  5. doug funny permalink
    June 23, 2009 pm30 5:44 pm 5:44 pm

    this test was farts regents are unfair if u pass all four quaters u shuld pass the year withouth having to take that dumb test

  6. Debbie Henry permalink
    June 24, 2009 pm30 8:01 pm 8:01 pm

    I’m going to be retired before they finally figure out the conversion chart…and I’m 56 with 6 more to go!!

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