A mid-school-year assessment (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills®) involving ~400,000 students across 41 states found reading skills have dropped dramatically in grades K–3 compared to a year ago. Kindergartners “on track” dropped from 55 to 37 percent and first-graders dropped 58 to 43 percent. Students needing “intensive intervention” in these groups increased 68 and 65 percent respectively compared to the prior year, according to a summary in Education Week.

No Child Left Behind, and now Every Student Succeeds Act “require” states to administer standardized state exams in reading and math to students in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school. In addition, student participation in the assessments must be above 95 percent.