Thousands of Bronx third-graders take citywide standardized math exam

Thousands of third-graders in the Bronx and city were put to the test once again Tuesday, this time in math.

Last week, students took the standardized reading exam that sparked controversy over teachers using last year's exam to prepare kids for the test. A number of third-graders who took the reading exam will now have to retake the test because some of the questions used to study with appeared on this year's exam.

Students must pass both the math and reading exams in order to move onto fourth-grade. It's part of Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Education's plan to end social promotion. The new policy has divided parents, with some threatening to keep their kids home on the day of testing.

Any student who fails the exams can retake them in summer school.

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