Gov. Sam Brownback is unsure about a Kansas Senate-passed bill that would establish new policies for retaining first-graders who lack reading proficiency. “We’ll look at it,” Brownback told the Topeka Capital-Journal, though he prefers his proposal for holding back third-graders who don’t pass reading assessments. Brownback’s plan didn’t make it out of either the House or Senate education committees – and with good reason. Educators note that holding kids back can be counterproductive. There also were concerns about making retention decisions based on only one test and about whether the focus should be on earlier grades, including preschool.
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