Read to Succed Law for 3rd Grade Retention

As you may be aware, the South Carolina Read to Succeed Act, which became law in 2014, aims to improve literacy and reading proficiency for all children in our state. The law includes some significant changes regarding promotion and retention of third grade students. Please note, these changes occured during the 2017-18 school year.

The law states, “Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, a student must be retained in the third grade if the student fails to demonstrate reading proficiency at the end of third grade as indicated by scoring at the lowest achievement level on the state’s summative reading assessment that equates to Not Met 1 on the SCREADY (given in the Spring of this school year).” There are a number of good cause exemptions to this requirement in the law. If a student does not qualify for one of the exemptions, he/she may attend a summer reading camp. If the student demonstrates the necessary level of reading proficiency at the end of the camp, your child can be considered for promotion to the fourth grade. 

If you would like a copy of the letter sent home and a list of good cause exemptions click on Read to Succeed Law for 3rd Grade Retention Letter below. 

Read to Succeed Law for 3rd Grade Retention Parent Letter

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