Officials say make-up reading exam for third-graders was compromised

Hundreds of Bronx and city third-graders are faced with retaking Tuesday's standardized reading exam after officials learned they had used last year's exam to study. Now, Department of Education officials say the make-up reading exam will have to be changed because media outlets showed questions from the test.

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein released a statement saying, "The integrity of the test for future use has now been compromised. Because of the irresponsible actions of a few, the children who would have taken the test during the remaining days of the make-up period will now be required to wait."

According to the Department of Education, teachers should have never used last year's exam to help students prep for this year's test. At least 12 questions from the previous test appeared on the exam.

Third-graders who do not pass standardized tests in reading and math will be left back under the mayor and chancellor's new policy to end social promotion.

Students are scheduled to take the math exam on Tuesday, April 27.

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