## Friday, June 17, 2016

### Regents Exam Questions and Answers Will Be Delayed

Today I got a phone call from my former AP at my old school. I just assumed he was calling about summer school or tutoring or something.

Actually, he was a little confused and passing on a message. He had received a call from someone working for the New York State Regents because of my blog. Apparently, they traced me to his school. (I haven't worked there since Fall 2014.)

They had a problem with the answers being posted so soon. Since he's just the middle man in this conversation, I didn't protest at all that no answers were posted until after the time when students with conflicts and test modifications would still have finished it. Nor complain that questions and answers get posted to social media by students and other teachers, although probably not as organized as I was.

So what this means is that there will be no answers posted here.

However, if anyone has a specific question about a specific problem that they had trouble with and they want to talk about it in email, we could try that.

Anonymous said...

Will you ever post the answers? trying to figure out if he got enough points to pass, oh well I guess we will have to wait
for the grade reports to be mailed or get the dreaded phone call

Anonymous said...

Can you write the equation for the airplane question?

(x, why?) said...

y = 9.5x

No y-intercept.

There was much discussion, debate and arguing on the point, but nothing we could do about it.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

If I put down y=9.5x-112 but I had work would they give me three points?

(x, why?) said...

If you had the work for 9.5 and the correct miles with the work, yes, that's three points.

Anonymous said...

Hi, for the airplane question, I put y=9.5(x-32), with the correct work, how many points would I get, also, for a graphing question that had an answer of 2 variables or something like that, was there an open circle?

Anonymous said...

Also, can I request a rescore of the exam and ask for review.

Anonymous said...

The question with brackets, if I used brackets for the original equation and solved it with parantheses, how many points would I get?

(x, why?) said...

If everything else in the airplane Q is correct, you'll get three points.

If you are referring to the system of equations with the piecewise function, then, yes, one of the pieces had an open circle at -1, the parabola opening downward.

Anonymous said...

For the system of equations with the piece wise function, is it okay to explain why there is not a second intersection? However I had a grammatical mistake and I said the second intersection would be invalid because of.... Would they take a point off for that even though I am explaining why there isn't another intersection?

(x, why?) said...

While I'd love to say that too much information ant hurt you, that isn't necessarily true.

You didn't need to explain why there wasn't a second one. If you did, it's fine as long as you didn't make a factual mistake about it. Grammatical errors do not matter. I read some of the oddest sentences, many by students for whom English wasn't their first language, but also by some for whom it is.

Anyway, it comes down to the people scoring it. If something doesn't seem right, they will discuss it amongst themselves and come to a decision. Unless it's a really blatant mistake, the odds are in your favor that you'll get full credit and that they'll discount the rest of what you wrote as not applying to the question.

Mom said...

I've heard from students of different schools, how the June 2016 common core geometry was nothing like the three previous ones that were given. I'd like your opinion on how tough you felt this exam was. Thank you! (You've really helped us out while studying for the regents!)

(x, why?) said...

They've only given three, so they still have a lot of different topics that they can cover.

I didn't think it was particularly harder than other ones. The same topics were there, but they might have asked some things in different ways. Unfortunately, I'm not one to judge -- I didn't have any Geometry students this year to gauge their reactions.

I'll be posting answers over the next few days.