Five or six WNY school districts affected by third grade test error

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Thursday is the second day of statewide math assessment exams for grades 3-8, but one of the exam forms in the third grade assessment is missing some questions.

State Education spokesman Tom Dunn tells News 4 Senior Correspondent Rich Newberg there was a printing error. State Regent Bob Bennett says one of the pages of the exam form was blank. Dunn says the form is from book two of the third grade math test, and involves certain field test questions.

The state examines the responses to these questions to judge whether they are usable for future testing. The questions are mixed-in with the general exam. In all, 220,000 students across the state take the exam.

Bennett says, from what he understand, five or six school districts in WNY and some on Long Island are affected by the error.

“If an apology is necessary, I give it, because it was a printing error. We shouldn’t have printing errors, and we did. And we’ll fix it,” said Bennett.

Dunn says schools that have been affected have options available to correct the problem. They can either photocopy the missing questions and immediately insert them into this week’s exams, or schedule make-up exam periods next week. He said the whole week will be made available, if necessary.

The state assessment lets teachers and parents know how a child is measuring-up to state standards.

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