School Board may change state reading test guidelines


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Duval County School Board may change guidelines for promoting and holding back some elementary school students based on their reading skills.

Right now, students in kindergarten through second grade take a state reading test known as FAIR.

If students score below a certain level, they must attend summer school to move on to the next grade.

Under the proposed policy, parents, teachers and administrators will review the student's progress and reading level to decide if the child should move to the next grade.

The district says the FAIR test doesn't necessarily tell educators if children are reading at grade level.

Summer school would still be held for struggling readers, but it wouldn't necessarily be required for promotion.

The School Board could vote on this change as early as May.