OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City Schools announces the number of students who passed and didn’t pass the controversial third grade reading test.
More than 3,000 third graders took the test in April, and just more than 66% of those students passed.
A total of 514 students failed the test but will move on to the fourth grade. 79 of those students were re-tested and passed. The others will be promoted based on an exception or parent/teacher conference.
Nearly 20% of the students are being retained unless they can pass an alternative exam at the end of the month. The total number of children who will be repeating third grad is 636.
Here’s what happens next regarding re-testing.
Around 1200 third graders from the school district’s 55 elementary schools are invited to a two week reading academy on July 14th to help them prepare for the test.
Retesting is on August 8, September 12, and October 14.
If students pass, they will immediately be promoted to the fourth grade.
Unsatisfactory test scores are still not the final decision in holding students back.
New legislation allows school districts to form committees to decide whether a student will be promoted or not, which leaves the final decisions to school leaders.
Robert Neu, the new Oklahoma City Schools Superintendent, says retention is not proven to work and says he’s concerned about the Oklahoma law regarding third grade retention.