Okla. Senate OKs 3rd grade reading law changes

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill easing some of the requirements of a law that requires third graders who aren't reading at grade level be held back.

The Senate voted 43-1 Wednesday for the bill that modifies Oklahoma's Reading Sufficiency Act. It now returns to the House for consideration of Senate amendments.

The bill allows third graders who would otherwise be held back to be promoted if recommended by a new reading proficiency team created in the bill. It also allows third graders who pass other reading tests at any time during the third grade to qualify for promotion.

Tulsa Republican Senator Gary Stanislawski says he was primarily concerned about students who may perform poorly on a "single high-stakes test at the end of the school year."

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