Okay, they're looking for a high failure rate at SED on the ELA Regents exam, that's for sure.
Students need to get 20 out of 25 multiple choice questions right in order to get only a 6 on their writing component.
Given how hard the passages were, I suspect we are going to see lots of 6's on the writing components.
That means we're going to get lots of failures.
The chart is even harder than last August's when students had to get 19 out of 25 multiple choice right in order to pass with a 6 out of 10 on their writing components.
That was a brutal test too.
But IMO the Regents and the SED saved the best for the latest - a truly brutal test with a brutal scoring chart.
It's not an accident that as teacher evals have been tied to Regents scores, the charts and tests have gotten harder each time.
Commissioner King, Regents Chancellor Tisch and Governor Cuomo have a political agenda here - to prove that public schools are failing and public school teachers are failures.
The children of the state just happen to be collateral damage in all of this.
I have some students from a remedial class who have failed the exam three or four times, depending on whether they took it over the summer or not.
It is really difficult to see any of them passing today's exam with the scoring chart handed down from King and Tisch.
I don't know what to say to them when they say "You mean I have to spend another five months preparing for this exam I can't pass?"