2/7/2013

Legislatures in 32 states have passed laws aimed at improving the literacy skills of third-graders, with 14 of those states including mandates to retain students not reading at grade level, according to the Education Commission of the States. Advocates of retention policies say the requirements drive schools to help struggling readers. However, opponents argue that retaining students increases their risk of dropping out, even when compared with students with similar academic skills who are promoted to the next grade.

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