The Iowa Board of Education today agreed to ease up on a summer school mandate for students who don’t yet read at grade level.
It’s part of a new state law that will affect thousands of 3rd graders starting after the 2016-2017 school year.
Some Republican lawmakers sought to hold back all 3rd graders not reading at grade level. In a compromise with Democrats, the law mandates intensive summer instruction instead.
Phil Wise with the Iowa Department of Education warns students will be held back if they don’t meet the summertime requirements.