Date set for citywide standardized third-grade reading make up exam

The Department of Education has set May 12 as the day for students citywide to take the standardized reading make up exam.

In addition to third-graders who missed the test, students who used last year's exam to prepare are faced with re-taking the test because some of the old questions appeared on this year's test. According to the city, 1,300 of the city's 80,000 third-graders used the previous exam to study. Officials say the duplicate questions have been removed from the new test. The students who used the old test to study can either have this year's exam re-scored without the repeated questions or they can take the make up exam.

Third-graders citywide must pass standardized tests in both reading and math in order to be promoted to the fourth-grade. It's part of Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Education's plan to end social promotion.

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