Critics want ‘Oklahoma Third-Grade Reading Law’ delayed

Posted on: 3:05 pm, February 18, 2014, by , updated on: 05:13pm, February 18, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY – State legislation has been proposed that would delay the requirements of “The Oklahoma Reading Sufficiency Act” until proper funding is in place.

The third-grade amendment to the Reading Sufficiency Act was signed by Gov. Fallin in 2011.

It is supposed to take effect this school year.

For the first time, third graders who don’t pass the reading portion of the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Test will not be promoted to the fourth grade.

Rep. Mike Shelton’s House Bill 2565 will delay any retention until enough funding and resources are in place to help students pass the benchmark test.

Shelton argues there are not nearly enough reading coaches across the state to fulfill the goals of the act.

Supporters of the Reading Sufficiency Act say the state has had since 2011 to ready districts for the new requirements and delaying the measure will not benefit students.