Move On When Reading
Arizona law requires students to meet a minimum standard in reading by the conclusion of 3rd grade. If a student fails to meet the Move On When Reading (MOWR) cut score, they will not be promoted to 4th grade. There are a few good cause exemptions to retention for 3rd-grade students who fail to meet the MOWR standards:
- The student is an English Language Learner or is a limited English proficient student with fewer than two years of English Language instruction
- The student is in the process of a special education referral or evaluation and/or the student has been diagnosed as having a significant reading impairment, including dyslexia
- The student has an identified disability and has an IEP, and the IEP team (including parents) agrees that promotion is appropriate
- The student has demonstrated or subsequently demonstrates sufficient reading skills or adequate progress towards sufficient reading skills of 3rd-grade reading standards as evidenced through the collection of reading assessments approved by the State Board of Education.
Move on When Reading Overview Video (English)
Move on When Reading Overview Video (Spanish)