SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez is pushing state lawmakers to pass legislation to keep third graders back if they fail to read proficiently. The governor wants to change the law so that schools could hold back third-graders based on their lack of reading skills.
Not everyone agrees including Sen. Howie Morales. He says holding back kids to improve student achievement is not so simple or as clear-cut as the governor makes it out to be.
Morales says he recently surveyed 112 elementary school teachers from across the state. He tells the Alamogordo Daily News the vast majority did not want to hold back third-graders based on standardized reading tests.
Martinez says urgency is needed because 80 percent of the state's third-graders or approximately 12,000 students are not proficient in reading.
Information from: Alamogordo Daily News
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