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New York admits errors on standardized math tests

April 25, 2012 5:57:18 AM PDT
New York state education officials are admitting that two questions on this week's standardized math tests don't add up.

The state's third- through eighth-graders have three days of math tests starting Wednesday. That's after three days of English tests last week.

But the state Education Department told principals Monday that one question on the fourth grade math test has two right answers and one question on the eighth grade test has no right answer.

Department spokesman Tom Dunn says the errors are just typos and the questions will not count.

But critics of standardized testing say the test developers should be held accountable for their mistakes - just as students are.

Complaints about last week's eighth grade English test forced the state to pull multiple-choice questions about a talking pineapple

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