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AzMerit results could hold back 3rd graders

Posted at 4:40 PM, Jul 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-11 20:36:09-04

Parents are finding out if their third graders will be held back today. 

The Arizona Department of Education is releasing, to school districts only, which students need to be held back because of not passing the AzMerit reading test. 

The scores came in last month and more than half of Arizona's third graders failed in reading.

Last year, students were allowed to move up their grades because it was the first year of the test.

This year, the law requiring students to stay back until they pass, is likely to be enforced. 

The retention rate will be made public next month.

KGUN 9 reached out to multiple districts, many that are implementing summer programs to help students who failed. 

Vail and Catalina Foothills Districts said that none of their students failed.

Tucson Unified and Sunnyside Districts said they have less than 11 students at risk of being held back.