Students need fewer correct answers to pass some New York tests

09/14/2009 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Lower standards for passing have clouded the validity of an increase in New York state's math test scores. In 2006, for example, seventh-graders were required to answer 60% of the math test questions correctly. This year, students could pass by answering 44% of questions correctly, calling into question the value of rising test scores. State education officials say the change was to compensate for the increased difficulty of the test questions, not to bolster passing rates.

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