Nearly one in five Florida third graders were at risk of being held back because of low scores on the state reading test last year.
But this year the state might not hold back any third graders. That’s because a Senate committee voted to suspend those penalties this year.
The bill requires an outside group to make sure the state test results are statistically valid.
Sen. David Simmons says he wants to make sure schools and the state can depend on Florida Standards Assessments results before making big decisions using those results.