In the News: States Are Ratcheting Up Reading Expectations For 3rd-Graders

Link to NPRNational Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” program recently reported on how Florida’s “mandatory retention” program, requiring that third graders who can’t read repeat the grade, has spread to a total of 19 states.

Education Next has covered this issue over the years in a series of articles and blog posts, including “The Wisdom of Mandatory Grade Retention,” by Brian A. Jacob, October 2, 2016; “Getting Ahead by Staying Behind: An evaluation of Florida’s program to end social promotion,” by Jay P. Greene and Marcus A. Winters, Spring 2006; and “Is New York City’s Decision to End Social Promotion Beginning To Work?” by Paul E. Peterson, May 21, 2010.

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