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Sunday, October 26, 2014
Students to prepare for 2 algebra tests
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New York State Education Commission
A sample question from the state’s Common Core algebra module asks students to solve complex problems.

The new algebra curriculum — which the state calls “modules,” and which is available online — is divided into 180 lessons designed for hour-long classes. Grading of the Common Core exams may take longer than the grading of integrated algebra regents, as the state is using what it calls a “post-administration standard setting” on the exam — it will decide what grade is the pass/fail mark after all the exams are graded. The state also plans to use student test scores to help evaluate teacher performance.
But Donna Kraus, the public relations officer for the Oceanside School District, noted that in Oceanside’s case, the decision to implement the Common Core curriculum is not about “teaching to the test.”

“Our curriculum is aligned to state standards so that there is no ‘teaching to the test,’” Kraus said. “We teach the curriculum.”

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