State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright wants to move the goalposts on third-grade literacy, requiring students to score significantly higher to advance to fourth grade. But Gov. Phil Bryant, while he says he supports higher standards, said he thinks that should be done gradually, and only if lawmakers add more money for help.
Wright has emphasized repeatedly that passing the third-grade test only required a basic score level and that many students who barely cleared the bar will need extra help in fourth grade. Now, though, she wants to require more, asking lawmakers to change the law to require not just basic skills but proficiency.
“If the goal is to ensure that our students are successful in 4th grade and beyond, we need to set high expectations for them to be proficient readers,” she said in a statement.