BX parents protest plan to hold back third-graders who fail standardized test

Bronx parents took to the steps of City Hall Wednesday to protest the mayor and schools chancellor's plan to hold third-graders back if they fail the state standardized test in April.

Parents say a single test score does not determine what a child knows. They feel that holding the kids back could be damaging.

Meanwhile, child advocates say the money the city is saving on ending social promotion should instead be used to bridge the gap for kids not making the grade.

Chancellor Klein admits test scores can be wrong and says parents of failing third-graders can appeal. According to the Department of Education, teachers can recommend students be promoted on classwork and homework. Also those who fail the test can take it again over the summer.

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