ST. PAUL (AP) -- Tenth-graders who were uncomfortable with the question on a one-question writing test this week will be able to take another exam, Christine Jax, the state's education commissioner, said Friday.
Students were asked to write about one thing they would like to change about themselves and why. The test is part of the state's graduation requirements.
Jax, commissioner of the Department of Children, Families and Learning, said she found the question ''unnecessarily personal.''
''It's really promoting poor self-esteem,'' said Rep. Mark Olson, R-Big Lake.
He was one of five Republicans and one independent House member who introduced a bill Friday to destroy the test results and force the department to administer a new test with the new question approved by legislative committees.
Jax said she wouldn't go that far. The tests are graded by teachers in Iowa and no names are attached to them, she said.
''To invalidate the whole thing is unfair to the students who didn't have a problem and who passed it,'' Jax said.
The controversial question was approved after a multistep process that included teachers, a national education expert and field tests.
In the future, Jax said parents will be included in the process.
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