Arizona law sets reading requirements for 3rd graders to move on to fourth grade

PHOENIX - Arizona third graders who do not meet the state's reading standards on the Arizona instrument to measure standards test will not move on to the next grade as a new state law goes into affect this year.

The Arizona Legislature passed a law in 2010 outlining a set of education standards which states that third-grade students and eight-grade students may not advance to the next grade level if those students are not excelling in reading, writing, math, science or social studies.

The law also requires that third graders may not advance to the fourth grade if they score "far below the third grade level" on the reading portion of the AIMS test or any future state standardized test.

Ashley Dammen, communication officer for the Arizona Department of Education, said as of Oct. 1, 2013, over 84,000 third-graders are enrolled in Arizona public schools.

Dammen also said that 4 percent of the state's third-graders scored on the 2013 AIMS met the "falls far below" the third-grade level standard on the reading portion.

The law does not affect students who are learning English as a second-language or those students with a learning disability.

If a third-grade student fails the reading portion of the AIMS test that student is required to either enroll with a new teacher the following school year, attend summer school, attend intensive reading before school or after-school programs, or take an online course.

Arizona Department of Education resources:

Third grade online literary assessment (for students):
Arizona reading requirements grade by grade (K-12):


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