Sunday, February 9, 2014

Complaints: Reading Initiative Flawed

(from thedailyreflector
by Jane Dail)

A new state-mandated reading standard in effect since January has public school administrators across the state scrambling to clarify vague provisions and language amid complaints that the new law’s implementation has been flawed.

Last week, the State Board of Education approved revisions to the 2012 Read to Achieve law recommended by an advisory group that give local school districts more options for gauging students’ reading ability.

The law’s original provisions required third graders who do not pass the end-of-grade reading test to either attend six- to eight-week summer reading camps, take an alternate reading test, plan for reading at home or receive supplemental tutoring before they could be promoted. Those who do not meet reading proficiency by the next school year risk being placed in a transitional third-fourth grade combination class.

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