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House OKs Bill to Stop 'Social Promotion' (Apr 14, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Students in Oklahoma who do not learn to read by the end of third grade would not advance to fourth grade under a bill approved in the Oklahoma House.

The House voted 59-34 on Thursday for the bill, which is designed to end the practice of "social promotion."

Under the bill, students must score at the "limited knowledge level" on annual tests before advancing to the third grade.

School districts would be required to develop programs to prevent students from being retained, including special instruction for students in kindergarten through third grade who are determined to have a reading deficiency.

The bill also contains exemptions for students with disabilities or those who still are learning to speak English.

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