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In anticipation of the state mathematics test that is being given this week and next, the NY Times has published the kinds of questions eighth-graders will face next week. The test is used to see "whether students have sufficiently mastered the material to move on to more advanced work in high school." In other words, it's a big deal.

The Times has all eight questions and answers and the questions seem manageable - but we say that having graduated high school. According to the Times, 53.9% of NY State students score at or above grade level; only 38.9% of NYC students score at or above grade level, while 82% of wealthier schools students' score at or above grade level.

If you're really ambitious, here's the whole test. And last fall, some parents started a website to complain about the inane fourth grade English test.