Should 3rd Grade Be the Pivot Point for Early Reading?
It’s become a truism in education policy that reading is the gatekeeper to later academic success. In hopes of ensuring that success, a rising number of states bar promotion for students who do not read proficiently by 3rd grade.
In 2004, only Florida and Ohio used 3rd grade reading as a gatekeeper to promotion. Today, 16 states and the District of Columbia require—and three others allow—schools to retain 3rd graders based on reading performance.