Boy orders secret state tests to 'play school'

April 20, 2009 4:38:10 PM PDT
Pennsylvania education officials say a 10-year-old boy who wanted to "play school" ordered a batch of standardized tests from his home. [SIGN UP: Get bizarre news sent to you]

The boy didn't get the tests. They were delivered to the district, per standard procedure.

A spokeswoman for the Hempfield Area School District near Pittsburgh says the boy wasn't trying to cheat. The district's director of pupil services, Rebecca Costello, says the boy wants to be a teacher and wanted to use the standardized tests to "play school."

The boy filled out an order form on the Education Department Web site and then faxed it to the company that makes the exams.

The state Education Department plans to make changes to its security. It will require people ordering tests to enter a personal identification code.

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