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Third Grade Retention

Welcome to our Third Grade Literacy Law Parent Communication page. Each parent of a 3rd-grade child received a welcome to 3rd-grade ELA letter at the beginning of the school year. In addition, this page will cover information that will help you better understand the 3rd-grade retention law recently passed by our Tennessee lawmakers and how it may affect your child.

A new state law takes effect in the 2022-2023 school year that will require 3rd grade students to be proficient on the English-Language Arts portion of the state test, commonly known as TCAP. It's possible a student may have passing grades in ELA at the end of the school year but may not be considered proficient on the statewide test.