One day, one test: How the new retention law overlooks children with learning disabilities

By , Special to the Daily Memphian Updated: August 20, 2022 3:50 PM CT | Published: August 17, 2022 4:00 AM CT
<strong>Second graders do math exercises at Frayser Achievement Elementary School. Tennessee&rsquo;s new third-grade retention law doesn&rsquo;t address students with learning&nbsp;disabilities, which is the cause of many if not most reading&nbsp;deficiencies.</strong> (The Daily Memphian file)

Second graders do math exercises at Frayser Achievement Elementary School. Tennessee’s new third-grade retention law doesn’t address students with learning disabilities, which is the cause of many if not most reading deficiencies. (The Daily Memphian file)

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Many third-grade students who fail their reading tests have learning disabilities, but Tennessee’s new retention law fails to address that reality, putting thousands of kids at risk of being held back.

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third grade retention third graders Students with disabilities National Assessment of Educational Progress NAEP learning disabilities ADHD National Center for Learning Disabilities dyslexia dysgraphia
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The Institute for Public Service Reporting is based at the University of Memphis and supported financially by U of M, private grants and donations made through the University Foundation. Its work is published by The Daily Memphian through a paid-use agreement. 

David Waters

David Waters

David Waters is Distinguished Journalist in Residence and assistant director of the Institute for Public Service Reporting at the University of Memphis.


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