Reading to Succeed

As the third-grade reading law takes effect this school year, I have been contacted by a number of parents and teachers worried about the possibility that their child or pupil might be retained. The question often posed to me is: How can we consider holding back a child from moving on to the next grade? The question I pose to them is: How can we consider promoting a child who can’t read? We do no favors for students who are passed on to the next grade without their having this most fundamental skill. Reading isn’t just a subject; it is a skill that is the foundation of all learning.


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