The state already requires districts to test students in prekindergarten through third grade for reading proficiency, officials said.
Students in the Oklahoma City district required to repeat the third grade could be assigned to traditional or transitional classrooms beginning in August, House said, pointing out that teachers would be familiar with the students who are being retained and work with them to help them improve their reading.
Summer reading academies and alternative assessments could be offered to help retained third-graders, and they could be promoted to the next grade level by Nov. 1 at the latest.
“The goal of the district is to improve reading instruction and reading performance in order for students to be successful,” House said. “Reading is the key to learning. If a student reads well, then they can do well in all of the subject areas.”