In this new series of posts, we will explore 10 troublesome items on the 2013 April Administration of the 5th Grade Mathematics STAAR and will offer strategies your students can use to successfully navigate similar problems in the future.

Even if you don't teach 5th grade mathematics, 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 60% of test takers in the state of Texas!

In today's post we explore items 16 and 18

**42% of test takers missed this question!**

**41% of test takers missed this question!**

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