People attending a session of the legislature enjoy a warm, sunny day on the portico of the state Capitol. 

State legislators are considering changes to the third grade retention law that will take effect next year, mulling new learning support for early grades and a minimum age to begin kindergarten.

Based on last year’s test results, 73% of MNPS third graders could face retention — just 27.4% of MNPS third graders met or exceeded proficiency requirements on tests last spring. MNPS was the last school district in the state to reopen for in-person learning in 2021.

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