Many families may hear about remedial programs when their kids are in third grade. That’s because schools see this as an important year for reading skills. Kids who aren’t reading at grade level in third grade may have an even tougher time catching up later on.
To close this skills gap, some states require third graders to reach certain reading benchmarks or be held back. These policies are often called third-grade retention laws.
While some states are changing how reading is taught, others use remedial programs to close the reading gap.
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