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By Jennifer Palmer
Oklahoma Watch 

Tougher reading test means thousands more students could be held back


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...

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