third grade reading

8:43 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Senate Education Committee Explores Revisions To Oklahoma's Reading Sufficiency Act

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Members of the Senate Education Committee looked into various aspects of the Reading Sufficiency Act including its impact on English language learners and students on an individualized education plan Wednesday during a combination of legislative studies.

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636 Still Could Advance After Summer Assessment
7:26 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

OKC Promote 514 Third-Graders Who Failed Test

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More than 500 Oklahoma City third-graders who failed a state reading test will be promoted to fourth grade after receiving exemptions.

Oklahoma City Public Schools officials announced Tuesday that the exemptions were granted for various reasons, including learning disabilities, English as a second language or satisfactory performance on an alternate test.

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Oklahoma Watch
8:45 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Social Media Reaction To House, Senate Override Of Fallin’s Reading Retention Veto

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Gov. Mary Fallin's veto to changes in Oklahoma's third grade reading retention law was short-lived Wednesday.

Both the House and Senate voted to override the veto, a move that paves the way for parents to work with teams of teachers and reading specialists to determine if their child will advance to fourth grade if they failed the third grade reading test.

Reaction of the override quickly flooded Twitter:

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Allows team to determine to advance 3rd graders
4:14 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Oklahoma House And Senate Override Fallin's Veto

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A bill that makes it easier for children to advance to the fourth grade even if they may not be reading at grade level will become law despite the governor's veto.

The Republican-controlled House and Senate both voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to override Fallin's veto. The House voted 79-17, while the Senate voted 45-2. The override required a three-fourth's vote of both chambers.

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"setting up that child for failure"
6:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Fallin Vetoes Bill That Would Have Helped Third Graders With Reading Problems

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed a bill that would have made it easier for school districts to promote third graders who may not be reading at grade level.

Fallin vetoed the bill on Tuesday, saying that allowing students who can't read to advance to the fourth grade is "setting that child up for failure."

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State Capitol
12:16 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Oklahoma Parents Urge Fallin To Sign Reading Bill

State Rep. Katie Henke (R-Tulsa) speaking during a press conference after the May 12 House vote.
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A group of Oklahoma parents concerned about new reading requirements that third graders must meet in order to advance to the fourth grade are urging Gov. Mary Fallin to sign a bill making it easier to promote students.

The Parent Legislative Action Committee of Central Oklahoma delivered a petition to the governor on Monday with more than 2,000 signatures.

The group supports the bill that would make changes to the Reading Sufficiency Act, which was part of a Republican-led agenda to increase the rigor in Oklahoma schools.

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11:57 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Oklahoma City Schools Launch Plan To Improve Third Grade Reading Skills

Mark Twain Elementary second grade teacher Elizabeth Clarke staples together work from two of her second-grade students in this 2013 photo. These now-third-graders were the first to face retention if they didn't score at grade level on the state's reading test.
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The Oklahoma City School District is launching new programs to help third-grade students after state assessments showed low scores in reading.  

Test scores released last week found that 27 percent of Oklahoma City public school third-graders scored unsatisfactory on the state reading test. Students could be held back unless they receive an exemption or get higher scores when they retake the tests.

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1:02 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

A Recap Of Monday's Vote On Oklahoma Reading Retention Bill

State Rep. Katie Henke (R-Tulsa) speaking during a press conference after Monday's House vote.
Nate Robson Oklahoma Watch

Three days after it was announced that nearly 8,000 Oklahoma students are at risk of repeating the third grade for failing the state’s reading test, lawmakers voted to change the state’s retention requirements.

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1:43 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Bill Offers Flexibility On Oklahoma Third Grade Reading

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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.

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

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