Elementary, Middle School Students To Face Fewer Trick Questions On Standardized NY Exams

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP)New York state is turning a new page on standardized tests — with one big change: fewer trick questions.

Starting next spring, redesigned tests designed by a new company will be offered to students in the third to eighth grades.

The New York Times reported Saturday that the state’s $32 million, five-year contract with Pearson lays out some new rules for the exams.

Among them: Questions with “none of the above” or “all of the above” answers are banned.

Students also won’t be asked to answer negative questions like, “Which of these things is not true?”

State Education Commissioner John King Jr. says the tests will give administrators a better read on students’ academic ability.

The changes will be phased in gradually through 2013.

Do you agree with these changes? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Leonard

    Trick questions do not test the knowledge of children. They merely test their ability to take exams. That’s why the SAT is a flawed exam. There were many people who aced the SAT and bombed their first semester of college. Conversely, there are people with mediocre SAT scores who achieve 4.0’s.

  • Hot for Teacher

    UNFAIR!! Kids spend months learning special tricks and techniques for answering trick questions, so it’s highly unfair to take away those questions.

    Under the “No Child Left Behind” law, standardized testing is the ONLY legitimate purpose of education. Passing the test is always more important than actually knowing the material.

  • doc in NJ

    how about open book tests with the pertinent pages dog-eared and the answer highlighted. The test scores will skyrocket, and we’ll prove once and for all that our education system is in line with the rest of the world.

    Yes, this will surely prepare our children well for what awaits them.

  • Phillip

    Maybe the students will answer a question with an answer instead of a question. $32 million for 5 years for the vendor to come up with this kind of test, some body must really care about our kids education.

  • jojo

    Lets lower the standards some more so Bloomie can boast about the great job he is doing.

    • KPMc

      New York State… STATE jojo… seems like you have a little problem with reading comprehension too!

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