Tougher reading test means thousands more students could be held back
June 11, 2017
Oklahoma is raising the bar on its pivotal, high-stakes reading test administered to third graders, which is likely to leave more students at risk of repeating the third grade.
Twelve percent of third graders, those who scored "unsatisfactory" – the lowest level – were flagged for retention in 2016.
Beginning in 2017-18, students will have to score "proficient" in reading to receive automatic promotion to fourth grade - a level above what is required now. If students' reading skills remain relatively steady, 28 percent of third graders, or about 14,900, could face retention next year, o...