NJ Standardized Test Asks 3rd Graders to Reveal a Secret

The state Education Department says the question was reviewed and approved by both the department and a panel of teachers

Friday, May 11, 2012  |  Updated 11:56 AM EDT
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Some New Jersey parents are upset about a standardized test question that asked third-graders to reveal a secret and write about why it was hard 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 week.

The state Education Department says the question was reviewed and approved by both the department and a panel of teachers. The question is being tried out and will not count in the students' scores.

Education Department spokesman Justin Barra says about 4,000 students in 15 districts had the question.

Barra says that like similar new questions, it will be reviewed before being used again.

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