As many as 50,000 North Carolina third-grade students might be in danger of having to attend a six-week summer reading camp to get promoted next year.
A new program mandated by the General Assembly requires third-grade students to pass the state end-of-grade reading exam or risk being held back.
With students about to start winter break, Wake County school officials on Thursday urged parents to encourage their third-grade children to keep reading and not fall behind over the next few weeks.
“What we want to do is make sure that we are promoting the need for our kids’ literacy and work and habits in schools to be emphasized even while they’re on break,” said Cathy Moore, Wake’s deputy superintendent for school performance, at a news conference Thursday at Dillard Drive Elementary School in Raleigh. “At no time in our school system’s history has it really been more important for our kids to hold on to and continue to make gains in their literacy skills.”