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Opinion: Reading by Third Grade: Thinking Beyond Retention

The Huffington Post

Everyone agrees that children who read well by third grade are far more likely than those who do not to succeed in later education and in life. Based on this kind of information, many states have passed or are considering legislation requiring that students not reading at an established level by the end of third grade to repeat the grade. These state initiatives raise important questions. Are they good for the students who were retained? And are they good for the overall school system?

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