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  • As early as age 3, a child's vocabulary can predict third-grade reading achievement*
  • 61% of children from low-income backgrounds have no children's books at home.*
  • At the end of 2018, only 27% of MSCS third grade students were proficient on the TNReady English Language Arts assessment.
  • Students who do not read proficiently by the third grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of high school.*


  • When will the specific revisions to Policy 5013, relative to the retention of 2nd graders take effect?
    Full implementation began in the 2021-22 school year.
  • How will parents know if a student will be retained?
    Parents of second graders considered for retention will be informed in early spring each year.
  • How can retained students be promoted to third grade?
    Second graders who meet the success criteria in summer school or within the first 45 days of the following year will be promoted. Sign up for Summer Learning Academy! Registration opens March 29.