Some of the math tests being given to students as part of New York's annual statewide assessments are missing questions. Thursday marked the second day of the annual three-day math assessments for students in grades three through eight in New York's nearly 700 school districts.
New York State education officials are blaming it on a printing error. Tom Dunn, a spokesman for NYSED said the error affects just one of the four forms of the third grade test. Dunn issued the following statement to WBFO News:
"The printing issue in the 3rd grade exam today involved 1 form (out of 4 forms), in 1 book (out of 3 books), in 1 grade (of 6 grades tested) -- and we resolved it by providing the limited number of affected schools (approximately 100 calls out of 3000+ schools) with instructions to remedy the issue locally to allow students to complete the test without disruption. Many schools simply used a different form in place of the affected books; some schools printed the necessary items locally."
The state's assessments are produced by Pearson. It was a statewide problem. According to a local source, the 3rd grade math test for day two was missing nine questions. Person produces four different versions of the test. Form D is affected by the error.
WBFO News learned that the Frontier School Cloverbank Elementary was affected by this error, but the district was not sure how it would effect students scores.