Prohibiting social promotion: The third-grade gate

Lawmakers stipulated the goal of the Literacy Based Promotion Act was to improve the reading skills of kindergarten through third-grade students in the public schools so every student completing third grade is able to read at or above grade level. The law prohibits “social promotion” — sending a child to the next grade regardless of skills solely to promote the child’s self-esteem.

Debatable plan

Katie Tonore, clinical instructor of curriculum instruction and special education at the University of Southern Mississippi, said she is not sure keeping children from progressing to fourth grade is a good idea.