Apr 27, 2013 1:39 PM by Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) - Thousands of elementary school teachers in Arizona are using small groups and other techniques to boost their students' reading skills in preparation for a literacy law that will kick in next year.
Under the law, third-graders must pass a state reading test or risk being held back.
The Arizona Republic reports that the new requirement is putting added pressure on teachers already faced with dwindling resources and larger class sizes.
Arizona is among 32 states that have passed laws that identify and retain students if they are unable to read by third grade. Research shows that third-graders' ability to read is a clear link to future academic and career success.
Educators say success of the new law will depend on identifying at-risk students early on and providing them with tools to succeed.