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POLL: Are Student Secrets a Proper Test Question?

Marlboro recently completed its NJ ASK testing, and some parents weren't happy with the questions on the test.

The standardized testing is designed to test the general knowledge of state kindergarten through eighth grade students, but this year it also tested their ability to keep a secret.

According to the Asbury Park Press, students in New Jersey reported to their parents that they were asked to reveal a secret in an essay portion of the test, and reveal why the secret was hard to keep.

New Jersey Department of Education Spokesman Justin Barra confirmed with the Asbury Park Press that the "secret" question was on the test, but was not a part of the students' scores.

But some parents, including Richard Goldberg of Marlboro, said he thinks the question was inappropriate.

According to Barra, that question appeared in 15 districts as a "field test question."

The NJ ASK standardized test of language arts literacy, math and science, surround and are meant to give the state an assessment of each district.


Stephen A. Scheer May 12, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Absoutley intrusive questioning on the NJ. Ask test. The Dept. of Education has crossed the line into the personal family lives of its students and someone should be held accountable for what I believe to be an agenda on someone's part.
Edward Van Embden May 13, 2012 at 01:01 AM
It's recruiting for the Junior Spies!
olga bocchiaro May 13, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Terrible idea. I can't believe it had moved this far along. No better ideas from the Dept of Ed, maybe we need some new heads with good ideas to further our education along, instead of asking secrets from a child. How ridiciulous.
Shannon K. Winning May 14, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Super dumb idea for a school test. But considering it for my kids at home....

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