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Board sets test score that fails 15 percent of third graders

Published:Friday | May 8, 2015 | 5:00 AM

MISSISSIPPI, (AP):

About 6,000 Mississippi third graders may not advance to

the fourth grade after the Mississippi Board of Education set a passing score on the state's third-grade reading test.

The board voted yesterday to adopt a score that means about 15 percent of the state's 38,000 third graders didn't pass the 50-question computerised test.

Students who fail get

two more chances, one later

this month, and one during

the summer. They must reach

a basic level of reading skill,

not national standards of

proficiency.

On the state's old standardised tests, about 6,500 students failed to reach basic achievement levels last year.

It's the first time the requirement, enacted in 2013,

takes effect. Lawmakers and Governor Phil Bryant say it's preferable to retain students who can't read to give them

special attention.