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New York Officials Find Another Bad Test Question

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New York education officials are tossing a math question from the state test.

New York education officials are throwing out a question on a state standardized test — the fourth time in a month the state has had to do so, according to the New York Times‘ Schoolbook blog.

This time it’s a math question above above the heads of fifth graders that’s causing the problem. To solve it, students would need to know the Pythagorean theorem and imperfect square roots — two concepts fifth graders have yet to learn.

The question won’t count against student scores. It follows state officials tossing the now-infamous “The Hare and the Pineapple” reading section.

New York’s testing contractor, Pearson, also holds Florida’s testing contract.


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