MSNBC: Third-graders asked to reveal secret on New Jersey standardized test

15 05 2012

Somewhere, somebody thought this was a good idea. Not just one person, though. A whole committee of persons, with a room full of editors and writers, and then another whole committee of administrators and bureaucrats who signed off on it. And I’m betting all of them thought it was an outstanding question. Outstanding.

– dEV

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New Jersey education officials say they 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 said the question was reviewed and approved by it and a panel of teachers. It said Friday the question was only being tried out and would not count in the students’ scores.

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

“We’ve looked at this question in light of concerns raised by parents, and it is clear that this is not an appropriate question for a state test,” Barra said, adding that about 4,000 students in 15 districts had the question.

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http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/12/11679763-third-graders-asked-to-reveal-secret-on-new-jersey-standardized-test?lite

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