The students at Packemin were chosen to field test Integrated Algebra questions. Instead of much needed regents review, the kids get to spend a period bubbling answers to questions that have no effect on their grade. Oh yes, the questions are good for review but my kids need teacher direction and constant feedback which they will not get by doing this exam. We have 11 teaching days left. Out of these 11 days, 2 are devoted to a final exam, which really only leaves me 9 days to instill enough information into their brains to get them to pass.
My kids will be testing questions for a company that will make big bucks writing the exam. They should have a choice as to whether they want to do these questions or not. They should be paid for their time.