Youngstown schools plan to meet third-grade challenge

YOUNGSTOWN — The city school district is training teachers and testing students to try to prepare for a law that would require students to be retained in third grade if they aren’t reading at grade level.

Douglas Hiscox, deputy superintendent for academic affairs, told school board members at a meeting tonight that 32 percent of the district’s kindergarten through third-graders are reading below grade level.

“That 32 percent is not extremely alarming because it shows the students who are below proficient at the beginning of the school year,” he said. “It’s a benchmark. It’s the end of the year that’s important. Indications are that there are not near that number of students needing intervention.”

The district has formed a literacy collaborative to train teachers and tutors and developed intervention plans for students who aren’t proficient, the deputy superintendent said.

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