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NYC Math Guide Pulled for Errors

Associated Press
Saturday, March 26, 2005; Page A02

NEW YORK, March 25 -- City officials recalled preparation material for math tests that had been sent to teachers after discovering they were filled with math and spelling mistakes.

The materials were designed for math students in grades 3 through 7 and had been sent to math coaches and local school superintendents. The errors were found late Wednesday before the guide reached classrooms.

Several answers in the guide were wrong. There were also sloppy diagrams and improper notation of exponents. There were at least 18 errors in the guide, and grammar and spelling issues proved just as problematic as the math. For example, the word "fourth" was misspelled on the cover of the fourth-grade manual.

School officials blamed the mistakes on an ineffective fact checker.

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