A bill is on the Senate floor that would require third-graders who are not reading at grade level to be held back for a year.
Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler (R-Gaffney) introduced the bill Tuesday, supported by prominent Republicans. The bill is called the “South Carolina Read to Succeed Act.”
If the bill becomes law, children not reading on grade level at the end of the third grade would be held back for reading instruction.
A release from the Senate GOP Caucus said kindergartener’s would receive a reading-readiness test before entering school to identify any learning barriers. Reading intervention and summer literacy programs would be a focus.
Teachers would be required to complete training for teaching reading skills.
The bill would be paid for by a portion of $6 million set aside for reading improvement.