JUNEAU, Alaska - Third graders who do not meet minimum reading requirements would be held back under a bill introduced in the Alaska House.
HB197, from Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, would end the so-called social promotion of students because of age or other nonacademic factors.
It would require school districts to establish reading programs and assessments for students in kindergarten through third grade.
Districts would be required to provide things like tutoring and small group instruction; a home reading plan and student monitoring. Students who are held back also would have to participate in a summer reading camp.
Some students could be exempted from being held back, including those with limited English proficiency and those who have a disability that exempts them from taking statewide assessments.