Education
1:43 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Bill Offers Flexibility On Oklahoma Third Grade Reading

A bill that would offer more flexibility to school districts to promote third graders who may not be reading at grade level has cleared a Senate committee.

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The Senate Education Committee voted 11-0 on Monday for the bill, which included several amendments by state Sen. Clark Jolley (R-Edmond)

The bill adds several ways for students to advance to the fourth grade, even if they didn't meet all of the requirements currently in statute.

Among the changes is that if a student demonstrates reading proficiency in one of several "screening instruments," the boy or girl can advance to the third grade.

Jolley says the goal is to reduce the importance of a single test on one day and allow more options for students to advance.

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