Final tally of retained third-graders is a relief to county administrators

HANDOCK COUNTY — When teachers and administrators prepared to put the county’s 903 third-graders through the first IREAD-3 exam last spring, many had trepidations.

The stakes were high: If a child failed the test, he or she risked being retained in third grade. Some administrators feared their classrooms would swell this school year from the number of kids who failed last year.

But the final tally of students who weren’t promoted to fourth grade wound up being relatively small, according to figures compiled this week from the four county public school systems: Countywide, 12 students didn’t move up to fourth grade.

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