Alabama Lawmakers Approve Delay of Reading Promotion Requirement


Alabama lawmakers have voted to postpone a requirement to hold back third graders who don’t meet reading benchmarks.

The Alabama House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 85-8 for legislation to delay the requirement until the 2023-2024 school year. The bill now goes to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey.

Many lawmakers expressed concern about putting the requirement on students after the pandemic interrupted classrooms for two years.

To move on to fourth grade, students would have to make above a “cut score” on standardized testing or demonstrate mastery of reading standards through a reading portfolio.

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