Testing/Assessments & Learning Standards
May 02, 2014

Math test errors another reason to hit 'reset'

Source:  NYSUT Media Relations

ALBANY, N.Y. May 2, 2014 - The problem of the missing pages in some of the state math tests given this week in at least 100 schools is yet another example of the State Education Department’s flawed testing policies.

“This was a mistake that could have been avoided if there was transparency in the state’s testing policies. It would have been caught,” said New York State United Teachers President Karen E. Magee. “It’s further proof that we need to hit the reset button and start anew.” 

At present, NYSUT said it received reports of missing questions on third-grade math tests from Albany, Carthage, South Jefferson, Northville, Jericho, Hicksville, West Hempstead, New Hyde Park and many districts in Western New York. According to media accounts - confirmed by SED - at least 100 schools had been given incomplete math tests. 

NYSUT Vice President Catalina Fortino said: “NYSUT will monitor test results from districts affected by the error to determine their validity, and will review the SED response."

New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.