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Text Box: Third Grade Students— New Legislation Effective 2011-2012
Text Box: The Tennessee legislature recently passed a new law that will affect third grade students beginning this school year (2011-2012).  According to the law, Public Chapter 351, third-graders must demonstrate that they have mastered basic reading skills, either through grades or performance on state tests, before they will be allowed to move on to the fourth grade.  The law focuses on the third grade because it is at this point in school when students transition from learning to read to reading to acquire knowledge.

The new law exempts only special education students, but it permits school systems to promote struggling third-graders if they receive research-based interventions in reading before the beginning of their fourth-grade school year.  This new law is another step in Tennessee’s move toward higher and more rigorous academic standards and is designed to ensure that students are successful in their school careers.

In Giles County, we are already working to identify third-grade students who may need assistance mastering basic reading skills.  Students who are identified as needing assistance will be provided interventions during the school year.  In addition, plans for summer interventions may be considered if deemed necessary.

If you have any questions regarding this new law, you may contact your child’s teacher, principal, or the Supervisor of Instruction, Bobbi McMasters (931-363-4558) for further information.