I received the following email from a New York State math teacher, says Valerie Strauss, columnist for the Washington Post. The message reveals a previously unreported problem with the New York State 7th Grade Math exam recently given to students, this on top of the now famous English Language Arts test questions about a talking pineapple and other problems with these tests that have been cited by principals and others. But this teacher, who asked to remain anonymous, writes about something bigger than a simple test question: The proper role of teachers, and standardized tests, in public education. In the email the teacher asks a question that I can’t answer about whether any states have an appeals process about a question on a standardized test that is ambiguous, not part of the curriculum or just plain wrong. If anybody knows a state with such a process, please speak up…

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