McComb school leaders have agreed to a recommendation that no children in the district will be held back in grades K through 2.
The McComb School District made changes in its retention policy in answer to the new "third gate" law enacted by the Legislature. The law is aimed at achieving grade-level reading by all students by the end of the third grade.
Under the law, testing of children for reading proficiency and problems in K-third grade is optional, not mandatory. Reading coaches would be hired in the lowest-performing school districts.
The Enterprise-Journal reports that McComb schools superintendent Dr. Cederick Ellis told board members this week that the district will establish a reading clinic for children in pre-kindergarten through second grade. The clinic would diagnose reading problems.
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