Bill seeks to raise bar for passing third-grade reading test

House Bill 51 would require third-grade students to score above the two lowest scoring tiers on a state test — not just clear the lowest “minimal” level to reach basic reading levels, as is now required — to advance to fourth grade. The higher requirement would begin for current kindergartners, who will be third-graders in spring 2019.

The bill moves to the full House for more debate.

State Superintendent Carey Wright has said she wants to raise the required score because students must now score only at a basic level, meaning some can advance without reading proficiently.

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2/17/16