a + b = a tough question on TAAS

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Ever wonder how hard the dreaded TAAS test really is?

State officials announced last week how students fared on individual test questions. The one missed by the most sophomores (64 percent) last spring:

“Rachel’s house is 12 miles due west of Highway Exit 16B. Keitha’s house is due north of the same exit. The two houses are 13 miles apart. How much farther does Rachel live from Exit 16B than Keitha does?”

The choices: 11, 10, 7 or 5 miles, or the dreaded “none of the above.”

The answer: 7 miles. Only 36 percent got it right; 5 miles was the most popular answer.

— Joshua Benton