Bill Would Let Group Decide To Hold Back 3rd Graders

Tutors help students who are preparing to take the mandatory third grade test. (File Photo)

The Oklahoma House of Representatives approved a bill that would allow parents and school employees to decide to hold back a third grader instead of automatically retaining students who cannot pass mandated reading tests.

The House voted 84-6 to approve HB2625 by Rep. Katie Henke (R-Tulsa) and Sen. Gary Stanislawski (R-Tulsa).

The bill stems from debate about the state's third grade reading initiative that requires schools to retain third graders who are not reading on grade level.

If the bill become law, a team consisting of the parent or guardian, a teacher, school principal, and a certified reading specialist employed by the school, will make retention or promotion decisions.