June 2010 Algebra 2 and Trigonometry Regents – how was it?
June 17 update: click for the full multiple choice section: Part I images.
The exam itself was not bad, without many iffy questions.
Very few questions were embedded in artificial context – just 7 for my money. This is a huge change from B. (someone could argue that 25 is artificial context – if you ignore the words “Ms. Hill asked her class to…” it goes away. And the later probability and counting problems, 36 and 38, those don’t seem wildly artificial…)
29 gave kids a list of test scores in a frequency table, and asked them to calculate the population standard deviation to the nearest tenth. Part 2 question? Work must be shown? Most kids will straight up calculator this…. and the state says fine, full credit for the answer with no work. Ah, the flexibility of modern educators…
There are complaints that there is no constructed response question related to logs or exponentials – but I don’t care.
There are complaints that naming the asymptote (#31) should not have been on the test. Perhaps, but just one point.
What do you think?