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.
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.
Sabrina, 8, is caught in the crossfire of two state education crises – the state’s new third-grade “read-or-flunk” law and an explosion in the use of uncertified long-term substitute teachers in state classrooms.
An estimated 5,000 students could be flagged to repeat third grade because of low reading scores. In her State of the State address, Whitmer will unveil a plan designed to help parents get around the Republican-backed law.
In what amounts to a mutiny against Michigan’s “read-or-flunk” law, school districts around the state tell Bridge they don’t plan to make students repeat third grade because of poor reading scores.