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Alabama Literacy Act one step closer to being put on hold

Updated: Apr. 14, 2021 at 5:57 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WAFF) - Starting in the 2021-2022 school year, Alabama third graders are supposed to be tested on their reading skills. If they can’t meet a certain bench mark, they would be held back.

Now, a bill is headed to the Alabama House to delay this test for two more years.

Sen. Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, sponsored Senate Bill 94, it passed the Senate on Tuesday, according to our partners at the Alabama Daily News.

Lawmakers in support of the slow down said it’s a basic question of fairness. Are you going to ask kids, some who might’ve been away from the classroom for a whole year now, to take this test at the end of next year?

For many, the answer was no, the bill passed 23-9.

Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, disagrees, he is the original sponsor of the Alabama Literacy Act in the Senate.

He argued since the test wouldn’t be for another year, students would have summer school and a whole school year to get caught up.

The bill now heads to the House where it will run into Terri Collins, R-Decatur. She was the sponsor for the Alabama Literacy Act on the House side.

Collins said she wants to see how standardized testing from this year pans out to see just how far behind students really are before changing the original plan.

If the bill is signed into law, the test would start in the 2023-2024 school year.

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