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Sunday, June 24, 2018
NYSED Continues To Make It Easier To Pass The Algebra 1 Regents Exam.
When does a 30% correct response equals a 65% passing rate? Only in New York State. It seems that every year the New York State Education Department (NYSED) reduces the cut scores so that more students can pass the Algebra 1 Regents. This year NYSED reduced the amount of answers a student needs to answer correctly to 26 out of 86 questions, that comes out to a 30% rate. The lowest since the State has been using this version of the Algebra 1 Regents exam.
The reason for the NYSED's lowering the cut scores is to achieve a minimum passing rate in the Algebra 1 Regents. Not that the exam was made harder but because the State is under pressure to reduce the academic/racial achievement gap and to increase the graduation rate. Therefore, the NYSED must increase the curve to a point where educators question the academic merit of the Algebra 1 Regents exam's minimum passing rate.
Here are the cut scores necessary to achieve a minimum passing rate from 2014, when the present day Algebra 1 Regents exam was introduced to New York State students.
For every 1 point drop in the cut scores, it's estimated that an additional 10% of students will attain the minimum passing grade of 65%. That means since the Algebra 1 Regents exam was changed in 2014, approximately 50% more students passed the test.
You can read more about this in the New York Post. You can also read my post last year on the lowered cut scores Here.