Legislature could nix mandate that struggling Oklahoma readers repeat 3rd grade

• A proposed law change would focus on science of reading, extra screeners

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma third graders would no longer be required to repeat a grade if they struggle with reading, but students would have to take at least three literacy screenings a year from kindergarten through third grade under a series of proposed changes to the state’s Reading Sufficiency Act.

Senate Bill 362, which passed the Senate by a vote of 44-1 on Wednesday, would change the law’s name to the Strong Readers Act. The bill’s author, Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, said the new name would better suit the Legislature’s goals.

“I don’t want to just have sufficient readers,” Pugh said on th...

 

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