NC Senate Republicans propose to ease reading law

Posted by Lynn Bonner on May 28, 2014 

A Senate committee Wednesday approved a measure that would loosen requirements of the state’s new reading law, Read to Achieve.

The basics of the law would have third graders who don’t pass the end-of-grade reading test attend summer reading camps or repeat the grade.

The law has resulted in frequent testing of third graders by districts fearful that students who don’t pass the EOG test will flood schools this summer.

The bill allows the State Board of Education to provide and approve alternative tests. The State Board started approving alternatives that school districts presented months ago.

The bill cuts the duration of reading camps to 72 hours from six to eight weeks, five days a week.

The bill makes clear which learning disabled students are exempt from the law.

Parents are no longer required to send their children to reading camps if they fail. Students who fail the test and don’t go to reading camps will still get another chance to demonstrate they can read using an alternative test or reading portfolio.

Parents can enroll their children in reading camps even if they pass the tests, but may be charged a fee.

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