Changes to the state’s “Read to Achieve” program are now law.
Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill Wednesday, and in a statement said: “This legislation improves the implementation of Read to Achieve and the A-F grading process. I would like to thank the General Assembly for listening to the feedback of parents, educators and policy advisers across the state.”
Parents had complained that the program which is designed to ensure that third graders are reading at grade level required too much testing. The original bill called for students who didn’t pass an end-of-grade reading test to attend a six week summer reading camp or be held back a year. The law now requires 72 hour intensive reading camp or to be held back a year. It also allows schools some flexibility on testing and using alternative methods to determine a child’s reading ability.