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<strong>Madison Clark (left), Ayanna Hughes, La'kiya Carr and Jaylen King work at an easel where they color their reading assignment in Thomas Denson's Pre-K class at Cherokee Elementary School. More than three in four Shelby County elementary students, and four in five middle and high school students, read below grade level.</strong>&nbsp;(Jim Weber/Daily Memphian)

Pressure is on SCS to fulfill pledge, close third-grade literacy gap

Special Report: Memphis' Reading Test

Special Report: Memphis' Reading Test

PART 1: Meeting goals for third-grade reading proficiency in Tennessee is a daunting task unless dramatic improvements occur in Shelby County, where the hurdles are high and the challenges complex. And in Memphis, a city where nearly four in five children in public schools aren't reading on grade level, the undertaking is monumental.

Third-grade goals putting SCS teachers to the test

PART 2: High-stakes testing has shifted the focus of kindergarten from what's developmentally appropriate to get kids ready for school, to what's academically required to prepare students for their first standardized achievement tests in third grade.


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