EDISON - Education officials are under fire for an NJ ASK question that asked third-graders to reveal a secret.

The question appeared on the writing section of some versions of the third-grade NJ ASK test.

Parents say they believe there is a better way to invite kids to express themselves that doesn't require them to venture into what could be a delicate subject.

The state Department of Education says the question is being tried out and will not count toward a student's grade. The question was approved by the department as well as a panel of teachers that oversee the testing.