The Test

For the first time in Michigan history, third-graders could be kept from advancing to fourth grade because of poor reading skills. It’s a high-stakes test for students, teachers, schools, and a state with schools that languish in the bottom third in the nation. Today, Bridge begins a series of stories following four third-grade classrooms through the 2019-20 school year. 

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The Test: ‘Read-or-flunk’ law looms over Michigan third-graders

The Test: ‘Read-or-flunk’ law looms over Michigan third-graders

Oct 23, 2019 | Ron French

Bridge begins a series following four third-grade classes as they prepare for a test determining who moves on to fourth grade, and who stays behind.