ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis school system plans to crack down on the practice of advancing unprepared students to the next grade level after a critical state audit highlighted the district's over-reliance on the practice known as social promotion.
The report found the city school system in violation of a state law requiring students to be held back a year if their reading levels are below grade level.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that parents of struggling students will now be alerted earlier to the need for improvement. The district will also require standard reading assessments in middle and elementary schools.
Roughly 2,000 elementary and middle school students in city public schools score poorly on state reading exams annually. This year, fewer than 7 percent were held back.