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State Officials Release Portion of Questions on Standardized Tests

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State education officials have released a portion of questions that were on standardized tests administered this year.

The material includes English and math prompts from the spring testing.

Critics say the questions were confusing and focused too much on specific name brands.

Some opponents of the tests, which were recently revamped to reflect Common Core standards, say the questions prove the tests are flawed.

Here's an example of a fourth grade English test question:

"Why is Pecos Bill's conversation with the cowboys important to the story?"

The choices are:

A) It predicts the action in paragraph 4.
B) It predicts the action in paragraph 5.
C) It explains the choice in paragraph 10.
D) It explains the choice in paragraph 11.

Educators say this kind of question is developmentally inappropriate for a fourth grader.

Other critics say they want the full tests released, but Department of Education officials say that's not possible because some questions are recycled year to year.

Meanwhile, scores associated with these tests have not yet been released, but there was a significant drop from 2012 to 2013, when Common Core standards were first introduced.

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