State Weighs Pause in 3rd Grade Promotion Reading Test

AlabamahouseofrepresentativesMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – After COVID-19 disrupted two years, Alabama lawmakers are weighing a pause in an upcoming state requirement for third-graders to pass a reading assessment before moving up to the fourth grade. The requirement is set to begin next year.

On Wednesday, the House Education Policy Committee debated the Senate-passed bill by Sen. Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, that would delay the promotion requirement by two years. Chairwoman Terri Collins said the committee will vote next week.

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