AN ONLINE post of a third grade maths quiz has caused a firestorm after it showed a student was marked down even though they gave the correct answer.
The quiz, posted to Reddit, has caused outrage because the student was marked down purely for the way they calculated the right answer.
Focusing on basic whole number multiplication, the first question asked the student to calculate 5 x 3 using repeated addition.
The student answered 5+5+5 = 15, but this was marked incorrect by the teacher who advised the accurate answer was 3+3+3+3+3=15.
Question two was equally as contentious with the student being asked to draw an array to solve 4×6.
For their answer, the student drew six rows of four dashes, but this was marked incorrect by the teacher who advised the correct answer was four rows of six dashes.
New York high school math and physics teacher Frank Noschese said the questions were part of the Common Core standards — an educational initiative in the US detailing what students should know in English and maths at the end of each grade.
“The standards just lay out what kids should know and be able to do, not actual lessons,” he told Tech Insider.
Mr Noschese said while Common Core stipulates goals for knowledge in each grade, the specific interpretation of these standards is up to the discretion of individual states, districts and teachers.
“If the teacher specifically said ‘5×3 means five groups of three and 4×6 means four groups of six’ these answers are wrong because of the teacher’s forced interpretation,” he said.
“But mathematically, what the kid did is also valid. Kids likely know that five groups of three is equal to three groups of five.”