Changes Approved in Oklahoma Reading Law

May 13, 2014

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill that would provide school districts more flexibility to promote third graders who may not be reading at grade level is on its way to the governor's desk.

The House voted 83-6 Monday for the changes to the Reading Sufficiency Act, which was part of a Republican-led agenda to increase the rigor in Oklahoma schools and prevent students from advancing to the fourth grade if they didn't score satisfactory on a state reading test.

The bill adds several ways for students to advance to the fourth grade, even if they didn't meet all of the requirements currently in statute.

Supporters say the goal is to reduce the importance of a single test on one day and allow more options for students to advance.