This is a basic test designed to see what our children know and don't know. In math there is only one answer at these levels that answers the question.<quoted text>
There is SO much more to education than one test. The system for determining proficiency is flawed.
The state provides the students the formulas for the math tests as is evidenced by direction 3 of the test booklet.
3. Refer to the Mathematics Reference Sheet in your Student Test Booklet for mathematical formulas and expressions. You may remove this page from your Student Test Booklet.
(Children don't have to even know the formulas any longer, the state provides them as part of the test. Back in the day they teachers would have referred to that behavior as cheating and a slam at their individual teaching skill.)
The blueprint for the test construction may be found with the below link.
The 8th grade math test is composed of three sections of low, medium, and high degree of difficulty.
Low complexity questions account for 25-35% of your test points.
Low complexity questions requires recall of facts and definitions or performing routine, specified procedures.
Medium complexity questions account for 40-50% of your test points.
Medium complexity questions requires some interpretation or multi-step problem solutions.
High complexity questions account for 15-25% of your test points.
High complexity questions requires analysis of or justifying reasoning and solution for more complicated problem situations.
32 questions out of 38 are multiple choice.
I don't believe they are asking our children questions that are not covered in their text books.
Maybe if we just taught the material in the text books well, the test would take care of themselves.
Here is the link to the practice tests