Then came the multiple-choice test questions. The 8th grade kids were instructed to select one of four answers to each question. Before the race, how did the animals feel toward the pineapple? A-Suspicious, B-Kindly, C-Sympathetic, or D-Envious? Which animal spoke the wisest words: A-the rabbit, B-The moose, C-The crow, or D-The owl? Did the animals finally eat the pineapple because they were A-Hungry, B-Excited, C-Annoyed, or D-Amused?
The New York Daily News reported that students, teachers and parents, all agreed that the questions were confusing and inappropriate for a standardized test. The company that produced this test vigorously defended it and said that it has been used in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, New Mexico, Florida, Chicago, Fort Worth, and Houston. The New York Education Commissioner responded to parents' complaints by finallly announcing that the pineapple question would not be counted on the students' final scores.
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