There’s little dispute among educators that kids are not reading as well as they should be, but there’s endless debate over what to do about it. Now, a growing number of states are taking a hard-line approach through mandatory retentions — meaning third-graders who can’t read at grade level will automatically get held back.
Educators like to say third grade is when kids move from learning to read, to reading to learn. So if they don’t yet have basic reading skills, they need to stay back.
"It’s a gift of time," Taylor says. "It is giving the kids the ability to get to the reading levels that they need so that they can be successful moving through their school career."
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