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House Bill 5111 would prohibit passing a third grade student who fails the state assessment reading test

The Montmorency County Tribune of Atlanta, Michigan

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House Bill 5111, recently introduced, would prohibit the enrollment into fourth grade by a student who does not pass the third grade state assessment test for reading. If passed, the law would apply beginning with students entering the first grade in the 2014-2015 school year.

The bill specifies a school superintendent or chief administrator of a charter school could grant a" good cause exemption" if a student demonstrates third grade performances on an alternative approved test, demonstrates third grade performance through a portfolio, has a disability and an individualized education program or is a limited English proficient student.

The bill prohibits a school district or charter school from retaining a student in third grade for more than two years. The bill specifies a student could retake the third grade state reading test before fourth grade. The bill prohibits the Michigan Department of Education from including a social studies component on the third grade state assessment.

Those groups in support of HB 5111 are the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Association of Public School Academies, the Great Lakes

Education Project and Americans for Prosperity.

Those opposing the bill are the Michigan Association of School Boards, the Michigan Association of School Administrators, the American Federation of Teachers, the Michigan Association of School Social Workers, the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators, Michigan Parents for Schools, Calhoun Intermediate School District, the Michigan Association of School Psychologists, the Community Education Children's Advocate of J A. Lanigan Elementary in Farmington Hills, and Wayne Regional Education Service Agency.

Tied to the bill is HB 5144, which would require the Michigan Department of Education to help ensure more students achieve a proficient testing score by developing reading programs that focus on diagnostic evaluation, early intervention, tutoring and mentoring.

Forme 2014-2015 school year, the MDE would be required to implement a pilot program serving up to 400 K-3 students in up to four districts or charter schools, at least one of which must be located in an urban area.

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Original Publication Date: January 1, 2014

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