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Pre-filed bill would retain third-graders with reading problems


A state legislator has pre-filed a bill that would retain students in third grade if they score less than proficient on state reading tests.

The measure by Rep. Steve Huebert, R-Valley Center, will be considered by legislators when the 2013 session starts Monday.

House Bill 2004 includes exceptions for mandatory retention.

These include students with limited English proficiency who have had fewer than two years of English language instruction and special education students for whom state tests are not appropriate or who have received two years of intensive remedial help and were previously held back one to two years.


Robert Holmes 5 years, 1 month ago

Even if a kid is only point point off the "Proficient" mark and had not been feeling well for two days prior to the test? This is a ridiculous bill.

deec 5 years, 1 month ago

So much for local control and small government.

Beth Bird 5 years, 1 month ago

When did legislators become educators? They have no business making a call if a student should be retained or not!

Katara 5 years, 1 month ago

There should be other factors considered when deciding to retain a student. Also, funding programs that help tutor elementary kids in reading and math would help. Programs that provide a little extra help for those who are struggling in those areas work very well.

appleaday 5 years, 1 month ago

Also, what about the costs of retaining students and having them in school longer?

Lawrence Morgan 5 years, 1 month ago

Kids mature at different times and in different ways. State reading tests are only one of the many ways. A student might be gifted in music or art, for example, and that takes time to discover.

Also, immigrant kids are at great disadvantage, especially those who have had to learn English as a second language!

Armstrong 5 years, 1 month ago

Oh the Horror ! Setting standards for kids to meet.

LadyJ 5 years, 1 month ago

I have heard many stories from parents who have tried to get special help for their children at school but are turned down and told their kids don't qualify. Try having a kid with dyslexia in this school district and see how much help you get. Many children have reading problems due to physical problem, yet score very high on intelligence tests. I have seen and heard of teachers that will not accommodate the special needs of a child with a reading disability.

LadyJ 5 years, 1 month ago

Have been told by many parents that the school district has told them they will not test for dyslexia. Also have been told by many parents that they have tried and tried to get an IEP but the school refuses even though they have proof of disability from an outside resource.

Bradley Kemp 5 years, 1 month ago

Gov. Brownback has long trumpeted the goal of having all Kansas fourth-graders reading at grade level. It's a laudable goal, but I'm not sure the best plan for achieving it is to keep any children who fall short out of the fourth grade. The goal is for all fourth-graders to be proficient, not to have only proficient fourth-graders.

Let's put in place plans for improving reading proficiency before we legislate out of the classroom any students who fall short. Huebert's bill makes about as much sense as would having non-proficient readers skip from third to fifth grade, although that would help achieve the governor's goal, too.

Paul R Getto 5 years, 1 month ago

One more proposal without any pedagogical evidence to support it. There will be many more such ideas coming down the pike.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 1 month ago

Exactly-- there is a good deal of research showing that grade retention does far more damage to a child's development than good.

This is nothing more than an expression of punitive measures for punitive sake so favored by the far right.

Armstrong 5 years, 1 month ago

No wonder our kids don't perform to expectations, or get real jobs, or try to excel, just look at the " adults " making excuses why they shoudn't be held to a standard. Pretty pathetic

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