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Hey Trenton! Should More Trenton Students Be Able to Answer This Math Question Correctly?

Wayne Sieloff, of the Trenton Board of Education, said he was disappointed only 63 percent of Trenton students were able to answer what he considered to be an easy math question. What do you think?

You don't get to be the editor of Trenton Patch by majoring in Math. The subject is the bane of my existence and I fear it on a regular basis, but I'm not a Trenton High School student.

Sophomores at the high school scored just one point higher than the national average on the 2012 PLAN test, a precursor to the ACT, and board of education member Wayne Sieloff said he was disappointed with the results.

On the Michigan Merit Exam, .

Sieloff expressed his unhappiness with the test scores that were presented to the board of education at Monday's regularly scheduled meeting. During the presentation a math question found on the test was reviewed.

that only 63 percent of students were able to answer a specific math question successfully. Though, more Trenton students answered the question correctly than the state average of 54 percent, Sieloff said it wasn't enough.

Trenton Patch wants to know if you agree. Do you think more than 63 percent of Trenton High School sophomores should be able to answer the below question correctly?

Let x be an unknown real number. Which of the following puts x, x-1 and x+1 in order from least to greatest?

A. x < x-1 < x+1
B. x < x+1 < x-1
C. x-1 < x < x+1
D. x+1 < x < x-1
E. Cannot be determined from the given information
Amy Bruce-Stevens July 30, 2012 at 12:43 PM
This is a little scary to me. I'm pretty sure that if my daughters (who are going into 3rd grade this fall) were to sit down and think about that problem for a minute or two they would be able to figure it out. It's as much a common sense problem as it is a math problem! Yikes! I guess my decision to send my children out of district for school is still a good one...
donna dunaway July 30, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Honestly? My ten year old grand-daughter got the correct answer on the first read through...pathetic.
Amy Bruce-Stevens July 31, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Yep... asked both of my 8 year old soon to be 3rd graders this question when I got home yesterday. Didn't even give them the multiple choice option. Just told them "You have 3 numbers, x, x-1 and x+1. Put them in order from least to greatest using less than and greater than symbols." They both wrote it straight out without even thinking about it. Took them each about 15 seconds. And these 10th graders that didn't know it made it to 10th grade... how?!?
Dave Moody August 01, 2012 at 11:39 AM
My 10th grader was more in a panic because she did not understand the greater than and less than part. It made her freeze up. Yet this is the same kid who is getting an "A" in algebra. She is being moved to Monroe Middle College in September. I grew up in Riverview and was always told Trenton schools were the best. So when the opportunity came to move here we did - specifically because of the schools. Now with them opening up some of the enrollment and things like this I guess it is time to move them to a better school district if I can find one
worried mom August 02, 2012 at 12:36 AM
In fifth grade my daughter took a district wide test that was to go in her file. She told me she did good becuase she didn't get hers back? Come to find out if the students in her class got more than 3 wrong the teacher gave them the test back and had then correct the wrong ones. This is the problem with trenton schools.

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