Regents Recap — June, 2016: Reused Questions
When I looked at performance data from the June 2016 Common Core Geometry Regents exam, I noticed that students did exceptionally well on one of the final multiple choice questions. It didn’t take long to figure out why: it was virtually identical to a question asked on the August 2015 exam.
Just a few words changed here and there. All the specifics of the problem, and all the answer choices, are exactly the same.
The most basic quality control system conceivable should prevent questions from being copied from last year’s exam. It’s hard to understand how something like this could happen on a high stakes exam that affects tens of thousands of students and teachers.
Issues like this, which call into question the validity of these exams, are what led me to originally start asking the question, “Are these tests any good?”
- Regents Recaps
- Regents Recap, January 2016: Reused Exams
- Regents Recap, January 2016: Recycled Questions