Education officials questioned about flaws in make up standardized English exam

Education officials were put to the test themselves while being questioned about flaws in Wednesday's citywide standardized English exam.

Third-graders retaking the exam were forced to answer questions in their test books because the answer choices on the test's answer sheet did not match the test booklets. School officials say it should not compromise the process.

Senior Instructional Manager Lori Mei says the tests are going to be reviewed. She added no decision will be made until a final analysis is complete.

Some 1,300 students had a choice to retake the test after school officials decided that those who used last year's exam to study for this year's test had an advantage. About 20 questions from the previous exam appeared on the current test.

Students also had to take a standardized in math exam. Third-graders who fail the exams will be left back. But now education officials say students who fail either exam will automatically be placed into an appeals process. Michelle Cahill, senior counselor on education policy, says parents can also write letters to school principals and community superintendents asking for an appeal.

Still some students may have to retake exams over the summer if they fail.

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