Panel backs bill on low reading scores

Arkansas Online - 03-21

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The Senate Education Committee unanimously supported Wednesday a bill that would require state involvement in school districts where students perform poorly in reading. Beginning next school year, Senate Bill 349 by Sen. Alan Clark, R-Lonsdale, would require the state Department of Education to provide "coordinated support" to public school districts where 40 percent of students score "in need of support" on the state's reading assessment.