Representative John Cortes D. Osceola has filed bill 131 to end mandatory third grade retention based on the English Language Arts score on the Florida Assessment. Districts may retain students if needed, but they must continue to provide intensive remedial instruction. The provisions remain for promoting retained students mid year if the have improved their reading skills.
Rep. Cortes was elected to the Florida House in 2014. He does not serve on any legislative education committees, and the bill has yet to gain a Senate sponsor. Whether or not his bill progresses is worth watching. Unfortunately, third grade retention helps inflate fourth grade NAEP scores, and illusion is one of the signatures of school choice.