One in five third-graders have already cleared N.C. reading bar

Nineteen percent of North Carolina third-graders – and 22 percent in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools – don’t have to worry that their scores on this spring’s reading exam could lead to retention. That’s because those children had already mastered third-grade reading when the year began.

CMS released results of the new beginning-of-grade tests as officials sort out ways to avoid holding students back or sending huge numbers to summer school based on test scores.

The state’s Read to Achieve law, which aims to boost reading skills and end social promotion, requires third-graders who fail this spring’s reading exam to attend summer reading camp or be retained.

The state recently ruled that students who had already hit a third-grade score on the fall test won’t be penalized based on the spring test.

In CMS, 2,536 students cleared the mark at the start of this year. The state has also approved a number of other reading assessments that can be used during the year to demonstrate grade-level skills.

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