In this series of posts, we are exploring 10 troublesome items on the 2013 April Administration of the

8th Grade Mathematics STAAR and offer strategies your students can use to successfully navigate similar problems in the future.

Even if you don't teach 8th grade, many of the strategies here are useful for solving problems in other mathematics courses.

According to the 2013 STAAR

item analysis provided by the Texas Education Agency, all 10 of the items we will explore were answered correctly by fewer than 50% of test takers in the state of Texas!

In today's post we explore items 43 and 48

**66% of test takers missed this question!**

**54% of test takers missed this question!**

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