Rulers That Don’t Measure Up

rulerprotractor.gifSize this up, taxpayers: You’ve just bought $324,000 worth of plastic rulers and protractors for the kids in New York schools to use on their state-required math tests. If their scores should fall a little short, don’t be surprised. Inches on these math tools are one 16th of an inch short, and the hash marks are not an equal distance apart.

The Post Standard tells us the state’s explanation is that these were the best ruler-protractors they could get for the price. The measuring devices were supposed to permanently replace cardboard ones the kids used before. Now it’s back to square one.

And kids, if you should need to measure a square on your next test, better bring a ruler from home.


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