Talk radio discussion topic from this evening’s drive:
Some school district is setting goals to increase reading proficiency for students from X% of students reading at their grade level to Y%.
The discussion was about the different goals set for different races and how that sends the message that it’s okay to underachieve to folks from races with lower goals.
However, that’s not what I’m writing about. I was more concerned with obvious oversight.
In the old days, to move up to the next grade you had to demonstrate your mastery of various things expected at that grade, including reading at grade level.
If you couldn’t demonstrate sufficient mastery of your grade-level expectations, you were held back. That was a darn good motivator for students and their parents to try hard.
In one population cited on the radio, 38% of that group could read at grade-level.The easy way to fix that is to hold the 62% who are not reading a grade level back until they are.