Education advocates call for standardized English exam to be thrown out

The New York Civil Liberties Union and some City Council members say they have proof that the third-grade standardized English exam was bias. They are now calling for the Department of Education to throw out the exam.

Members of the New York Civil Liberties Union had the test sent to an outside source for evaluation. They say the evaluation showed that the test was designed to flunk a certain number of students. There are also claims that the test favored white children. Donna Lieberman, of the NY Civil Liberties Union, says the controversy over the test raises serious questions.

The latest complaint about the exam comes after a number of students had to retake the exam because they had used last year's test to study, which was a problem because some of the questions were duplicated on the new test. Then during the retest, the answer sheets didn't match the questions on the test booklets.

Department of Education officials say the test was not designed so that a certain number of students pass or fail. They say the test represents the student population.

Students are still waiting to see whether they have passed or failed the exam. Third-graders need to pass the exam in order to move onto the fourth-grade.

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