State law ups reading requirements, could keep third graders from advancing to fourth grade
YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – A 2010 state
law may mean that an estimated 1,500 third graders across Arizona will not pass
to fourth grade for not meeting required reading levels.
The law is set to go into effect at
the end of this year.
State superintendent of public
instruction John Huppenthal says third grade is the ‘make or break' year for
students because those who can't read by the time they enter fourth grade start
We spoke to Superintendent Dr.
Darwin Stiffler of the Yuma Elementary School District
about how it will impact some students in Yuma.
He says that students' early
curriculum before third grade teaches them basic skills to read. If those
skills aren't solid by the time they advance to fourth grade, they will
struggle later on.
"It's about two percent of the kids
that we're really worried about and working intensely," Dr. Stiffler said.
"And we won't know for sure until we
get to the end of the year. We have all year to get them up to speed."
The 2010 law exempts
English-language learners and students in reading and language special
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