State Education Department says some test questions were recycled

WNYT Staff
Updated: April 23, 2021 07:57 PM
Created: April 23, 2021 07:56 PM

Students in grades 3 through 8 have started taking the state assessments in English and Language Arts.

Some NewsChannel 13 viewers said their children recognized some of the questions from practice exams.

In fact, some of the questions were posted on the state Education Department's website weeks ago.

When the federal government told states they must administer the exams, officials say they chose to reuse questions to save money.

They did not say whether the math exams in May or the science tests in June will also reuse questions.

The New York State Education Department sent NewsChannel 13 a statement that read in part:

"The idea that state assessments this year could be "standardized" is unrealistic given the varying formats of instruction and not including whole segments of our state’s children who will not participate."


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