That means the reading ability of Oklahoma's third graders improved slightly this year, but there are still more than 7,000 students who can't read.
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Those students have other opportunities to demonstrate mastery in reading including evaluations with one of seven good-cause exemptions, demonstrating proficiency on a screening instruments and a chance to meet with a probational reading team that determines whether they be retained or promoted.
Over the next few weeks, school districts are required to contact parents and legal custodians of students who scored “Unsatisfactory” and determine the most effective course of action for these children.
About two-thirds of those who scored unsatisfactory are not native English speakers or are in some kind of special education program.