Problems discovered with Common Core practice tests in MS

Problems discovered with Common Core practice tests in MS

CORINTH, MS (WMC) - Some Mississippi schools have received flawed Common Core practice tests. The statewide math tests are to assess students' knowledge of Mississippi Common Core-linked standards.

This is the first year schools are supposed to use the tests that were produced by Questar Assessment Inc. after Mississippi PARCC consortium last year.

Mississippi pulled out of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) consortium following increasing pressure from state officials and lawmakers.

This year, a teacher noticed the graph on the first question of the Algebra I test she provided to the students did not match the equation. This ruled out all the answer choices. The teacher alerted the Mississippi Department of Education regarding her concerns about problems with the tests. She was provided with another version of the tests, but there were still problems with the new version.

This is also the first year students' scores will count towards the districts' accountability grades.

The MDE removed all practice tests from the department's website on Wednesday.

The Mississippi Department of Education is now reviewing all the practice tests and it is not known how many students have actually taken the tests.

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