S.C. Senate bill calls for holding back third-graders not reading on grade level

A state Senate bill would require third-graders not reading on grade level to be held back for a year of reading-intensive instruction.

Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Cherokee, introduced the bill Tuesday. Senate President Pro Tempore John Courson, R-Richland, and Sens. Mike Fair, R-Greenville, and Wes Hayes, R-York, are cosponsoring the bill, called the “South Carolina Read to Succeed Act.”

The bill would be paid for by a portion of $6 million set aside for reading improvement, according to a news release from the Senate Republican caucus.

If the bill becomes law, children not reading on grade level at the end of the third grade would be held back for reading instruction.

Children in kindergarten would receive a reading-readiness test before entering school to identify learning barriers. Reading intervention and summer literacy programs would be a focus.

Teachers would be required to complete training for teaching reading skills.

The proposal is similar to ideas the state Education Oversight Committee recommended in its annual report on the performance of state schools and students.

Courtesy of The State

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