It's unacceptable that 611 third graders in the Oklahoma City school district are repeating the 3rd grade because they didn't pass the reading test. And I think it's on the parents, many of whom didn't bother to take their kids to a special summer reading workshop to try to get them caught up.
Sha'Lana writes: "It's definitely the parents' fault. My son took that same test, and I stayed working with him, and he passed. And it’s real disappointing that summer reading was available, and the many children that needed it weren't there."
Stephanie in Piedmont: "Parents are not doing their job, period. It takes so little time to work on reading at home."
But Jessica from Carney says: "There are parents out there who have worked with their kids. Those same kids did not pass the reading test, went to the summer reading academy, and still did not pass. I am one of those parents."
Doreene in Midwest City: "Why don't parents know how well their kids read? Figures. It's always someone else's fault."
Staci says: "Parents need to get their act together. On the other hand, 1 test, 1 day should NOT determine a child's future. Surely there's another way."
And finally, Lefty from Stillwater: "I was stunned that less than 50% of the eligible students took the free classes this summer to be able to advance. The lesson sent by those parents is one of entitlements that will doom their children to failure."
I'm Kelly Ogle and that's YOUR 2 Cents.