The Test: ‘Read-or-flunk’ law looms over Michigan third-graders

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“Everything,” Olar said, “is geared toward that test.”

That test is Michigan’s end-of-school-year standardized test, the M-STEP. For the first time, it will be used to determine which Michigan third-graders should advance to fourth grade and which will be recommended to be retained in third grade because of a low reading score.

An estimated 5,000 children – about one in 20 Michigan third-graders – may be held back under what’s come to be known as the read-or-flunk law, according to projections by the Michigan Department of Education.

For 8- and 9-year-olds who struggle with reading, the pressure could be extraordinary. 

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