This letter to the editor states that
It is painfully obvious that the middle school structure as it stands is not working for today's children. Many children are coming to middle school reading below a fifth-grade level and/or not knowing their multiplication tables. Because the district requirements to pass from one grade to the next are so lenient in middle school, students can fail most of their classes and still be promoted to the next grade. The students are aware of these low expectations, and many take advantage of the opportunity to pass with limited effort.
I have made it one of the steps that Nevada needs to take to improve the educational system. We need to require that students learn the material or they will fail. This must start at the first grade.