Thousands of North Carolina students were sent to reading camps in July as part of the state’s 2012 Read To Achieve program. State legislature has required that by third grade, if a student was not shown to be reading proficient, the student would be mandated to attend summer reading camps, or be held back.
Based on the law, the requirement that thirdgrade students show proficiency in reading, or qualify for a “good cause exemption,” to get promoted went into effect the 2013-14 school year. For Franklin area elementary schools, 16 students were required to attend the summer camps, of which about 14 have attended. Although 16 children were required by law to attend the camp, Macon County leaders opened the camp to children in second and third grades who were identified as needing some extra support to become better readers, bringing the total number of students in the camp to 37.