Third graders must now be able to prove that they can read to be able to move on to fourth grade. 

As of yesterday, Michigan is tightening up on the requirements for third graders to move up to the next grade, based on reading. They will need a state reading score of less than one grade level behind on the M-STEP. If they don't meet this score, they will be held back.

The governor says that this is about preventing illiteracy, and hopes that Michigan will be a leader in this initiative.

What do you think? Is it a good idea?