Something Fishy with NY State CC Algebra Regents Scores
New York State Common Core Algebra was administered six times from June 2014 to January 2016. The content was of mixed quality. The wordiness was evident, and was designed to trip up weaker readers. And the scale (86 raw points available) was incredibly tough on stronger students (deductions for petty errors had a magnified effect on higher scores).
And this exam, yesterday? Similar, though perhaps wordier. But the scale is new and different and no one told us in advance, and there’s something going on, and the state has given us plenty of reason to question their judgment and their decisions.
Here’s the number of “raw points” needed to reach 100, 90, 85, 80, 75, 70, and 65 for the first seven exams. See which one is different?
The State did explain itself. They sent out a memo explaining there was no real change. See if you can read this: june16algonemaintenance.
I couldn’t. I wrote requesting clarification.