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More third-graders are expected to be held back under law

Submitted by on September 16, 2019 – 12:08 amNo Comment

Third-graders may be forced to repeat the grade next year if they struggle with reading.

It’s the result of a 2016 Michigan law whose most controversial provision kicks in beginning next spring.

The number of third-graders who are held back is expected to rise.

Nearly 700, or 0.67%, of the state’s 100,000-plus third-graders were retained in the last academic year. Researchers at Michigan State University estimate that between 2,000 and 5,000 students, or 2% to 5%, may be required to repeat third grade under the terms of the law.

How many kids are held back will depend on whether those who score more than a grade level behind on reading skills as part of the M-STEP’s English language arts test are given a “good-cause” exemption.