NYSED: Incomplete math exams reported at some schools

BUFFALO, NY – The state Education Department says some school districts have been given incomplete state math exams, due to a printing issue.

Tom Dunn, a spokesperson with the NYSED says test booklets were delivered with missing questions and that the issue only impacted some third graders.

The state Education Department says problems have been reported in the Frontier Central School District, Hamburg and Clarence Schools, causing students and teachers to ask questions about what to do with the exams.

"Mistakes are bound to happen like that and the state is coming up with solutions to problems that I don't think they anticipated," said Dennis Atkinson of Erie 1 BOCES.

Problems have also been reported in two Buffalo charter schools -- Westminster Community Charter and King Center Charter.

There were about 200 extra booklets in the Erie 1 BOCES West Seneca office, which were enough for most schools. But, according to BOCES, there weren't enough testing booklets for Frontier.

Students have noticed that all multiple choice questions weren't on their tests and it appears that one of four forms of the test had missing questions.

The state offered school districts a few options to deal with issues related to the exams. Students could take the test during the state makeup period next week or the questions could've been photocopied on the spot and given to students without the questions, so they could finish the exams Thursday.

The state tells 2 On Your Side it has received about 100 calls from schools with problems related to missing questions in the high stakes exam.

For many students – primarily at elementary and middle schools – they are in the second day of testing for state math exams.

According to the NYSED, the exams are printed in Albany at the education department.


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