BOLIVAR COMMERCIAL: Could state finally be serious about learning to read?

A well-worn adage in education circles is that children must learn to read in grades one-three because afterward they must read to learn.

Final results of Mississippi’s high-stakes tests for third-graders were released by the state Department of Education last week. They show that 2,900 students must be retained until they can pass the “Reading Summative Assessment.”

That may sound high, but it could have been worse.

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