News Observer (Raleigh, NC)
All of Wake County's third-grade students will have to take 36 mini-tests in coming months, part of a plan to make more students eligible for promotion. The tests are designed to create a reading track record for students. That way, schools can demonstrate that some who fail the state's end-of-grade reading test this spring know the material well enough to move on to fourth grade. The Read to Achieve program, passed into state law as championed by state Sen. Phil Berger, calls for students to reach proficiency in reading by the end of third grade.