NJ to no longer ask 3rd-graders to reveal a secret

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Associated Press

Posted on May 12, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Updated Saturday, May 12 at 3:03 PM

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey education officials will no longer use a standardized test question that asked third-graders to reveal a secret and write about why it was difficult to keep.

The question appeared on the writing portion of some versions of the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge given to third-graders this past week. And it drew criticism from some parents, who thought it was inappropriate.

The state Department of Education says the question was reviewed and approved by it and a panel of teachers. They said it was only being tried out and would not count in the students' scores.

But after further review, Department of Education spokesman Justin Barra says the question won't be included in future tests.

Barra says about 4,000 students in 15 districts had the question.

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