The parents can ask the students to be retested instead of having them repeat 3rd grade. they can also ask for summer school intervention (which they will probably have to pay for out of pocket) or teach their kids themselves in the summer to catch them up to grade level and be retested at the beginning of the next school year to be placed in the grade they are suppose to be in. Like many things, its up to the parents to advocate for their children. It may not be commonly appreciated but sometimes it is better if a child does not know how to read that they repeat the grade. there is nothing worst than having a high schooler who has the reading comprehension level of a third grader, without being identified with any learning disability or any intervention made for them. interventions are suppose to help the student succeed later in life. not just create social strain. personally I would want my child to have intensive intervention if they didn't pass the State reading test. However, i've found that sometimes the parents need help learning how to enforce good study habits at home and not allow their child to stay up till past midnight playing games.