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Pressure is on for Oklahoma third-graders as reading test looms

Third-graders in Oklahoma City Public Schools, the state's largest school district, are getting up to 150 minutes of daily reading instruction to ensure they are ready for testing, which begins April 10. Test scores should be available in May.
by Tim Willert Published: January 27, 2014

The Reading Sufficiency Act is a 2011 state law that requires school districts to identify children who are significantly behind, contact their parents and work to fix the problem, typically through increased reading instruction.

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.”

by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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