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Both chambers approve reading retention bill, now goes to the governor's desk

Students sit at desks and raise their hands in a classroom.
FILE PHOTO: Jeanie Lindsay
IPB News
A reading bill that would retain third graders who fail the state's reading proficiency exam passed both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly and will go to the governor.

Senate lawmakers approved the House’s amendments to a reading retention bill this week. It now goes to the governor to sign into law.

Senate Bill 1 has faced controversy for its requirement to hold back students who don’t pass the state’s reading proficiency exam by the end of third grade.

The proposal is a response to Indiana Department of Education data that shows 1 in 5 Indiana third graders lacks foundational reading skills.

The bill’s opponents said retaining students could negatively affect their social and emotional well-being and inflate class sizes.

Those in favor of retention say moving students forward without foundational reading skills will hurt them more in the long run.

Kirsten is our education reporter. Contact her at or follow her on Twitter at @kirsten_adair.

Kirsten the Indiana Public Broadcasting education reporter. Contact her at or follow her on Twitter at @kirsten_adair.