Focus turns to third-grade reading skills

New reading requirements could hold back third graders as teachers work on iPads to assess student progress. North Carolina law changes effect 2013-2014 school year, Catawba County Schools third grade promotion and prompt the county to get new testing equipment to better child reading assessments. 

The major of piece of education legislation passed in June deals with reading levels only during the child’s third grade year. The State Board of Education requires students to meet reading proficiency or the student will be retained for another year.

“This piece of legislation affects this year’s second graders,” said Beth Isenhour, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.

The new third grade reading requirement means students must score “proficient” on the end of grade standardized reading test. Students get one retest of the standardized test. If students still aren’t proficient in testing, the student won’t be promoted to the fourth grade, Isenhour said.

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