Research shows that “almost 9 of 10 children who were deficient in word recognition skills in first grade were poor readers in fourth grade. This research led to the adoption of Response to Intervention or RTI to identify students early and to avoid the need for special education services.
Unfortunately, the new system has not led to improved reading comprehension, it has led to fewer students being identified with learning disabilities and with the new Common Core Standards, we fear these new policies will result in …
a sharp increase in first grade retention and second grade retention, in an attempt to reduce the failure rate in third grade.
Some experts like WrightsLaw have put forth strategies to avoid grade retention.
We respect this effort, but it ignores three key points:
– We know who these kids are in first grade, and by second and third grade it is far clearer who they are
– We know why many of these students do not succeed — and it is different from what the schools and psychologists focus on. We believe there are five key reasons:
– Most smart struggling students learn differently — that is they learn best when he or she sees and experiences information
– Many of these students lose focus when reading and taking long tests — which drives grade retentiomn
– Many of these students skip words and lines when reading and schools often miss this issue
– Too often schools use indirect measures of reading comprehension on longer passages and parents are not aware of how far behind their child really is
– Most remedial programs do not capitalize on the students strengths nor do they address the attention, eye-teaming or attention challenges
Looking at this from the end in mind, you may want to:
– Find the right program that plays to your child’s strengths, identifies and addresses his or her challenges and allows your child to succeed
– You will need to better understand your child’s learning style and his or her weaknesses
– First, and most important of all, you need to decide that Success Early is the key to avoid First Grade Retention, Second Grade Retention and Third Grade Retention and to be successful in life.
The benefits of this approach include:
– Being committed to success and open on the how
– Really understanding your child’s learning style; your child’s challenges; and your child’s present level of reading comprehension
– Finding the right program that can help your child to succeed in months and not years
– Having that great feeling that you helped your smart struggling child to succeed
To help you, we would like to offer you three things at no cost:
– We have written a book “Success by 3rd Grade” that is designed to help you to help your child
– A Success Assessment that will help you to understand how your child learns best and what is holding your child back
– A Strategy Session designed to help you to answer your key questions
For more information visit Success by Third Grade