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Some parents have already received notices that their 3rd grader is experiencing difficulties with reading and that if the deficiency is not remediated by the END OF 3RD GRADE, their child might be retained.
Others will get similar notices in the next few weeks and 1st and 2nd grade parents may see an ND or Needs Development on their child’s report card for reading. A warning that their child may be retained might be included.
With the new and much harder standards this will become the norm for many students. This article focuses on:
- Insights that will help you to be a more Informed, Empowered and Proactive Parent who makes the difference for your child
- What other kids have said about how the felt in 2nd and 3rd grades before and after working with 3D Learner
- Why so many more students are struggling – including above average and gifted students
- What you can do to make the difference. Our goal is to put you in the driver’s seat on your child’s Pathway to Success by Third Grade
Why You May Need to Be Informed, Empowered and Proactive for Your Child
- Over 60% of the students in school today learn differently than the way schools teach. The vast majority of smart struggling students learn best when the student sees or experiences information
- Over 70% of these students struggle paying attention to that which is boring or frustrating
- Over 70% of these students skips words and lines when reading
- Most school based programs do not teach the way these students learn, nor do they identify and address the relevant attention, eye-teaming and anxiety challenges that often impact our students
- These students can do far better if they are taught to their strengths and their challenges are identified and addressed
- The burden falls to the parents
- If you are one of these parents, you want to be an Informed, Empowered and Proactive Parents who makes the difference for your child
We asked some of our older students who we had in 2nd and 3rd grade to explain what they felt like before they knew us and afterwards. Here are a few comments we got:
- When the principal told my mom I was at the 48th percentile and there was no need to do anything for me – my mom said, “Average is not acceptable”. With help, I got to the 95th percentile – it was really nice to be considered smart
- Before 3D Learner I just tried to sound out words and I was the worst reader in my class and hated to read. After 3D Learner, I became the best reader in my class. My dad asked me how this happened and I said, “They did a lot of stuff, but what was really neat was learning to create videos for what I was reading – do you know how cool that is?”
- I was a gifted 3rd grader and they told my mom I might be retained. Reading was a nightmare and I knew there was something wrong with me. After 3D Learner, I learned to like reading, and realized that I am a pretty smart kid.
- A second grader responded: I could not read well in 2nd . When the teacher talked to me, she was always yelling at me – it felt awful. With 3D Learner, I became a better than average reader, I started to like myself and I started to like school – I think my teacher started to like me better.
What might a 2nd or 3rd grader today say? Maybe something like:
- This is not making any sense
- I am a Legos Kid ®. I do not understand the way they are teaching me.
- Please help me to understand what I read and to pass these tests
Historically, third grade retention mostly impacted students with learning disabilities and dyslexia. Now, some smart struggling students will be impacted and even some gifted students. Why:
- The percent of students below grade level on the state reading test increased from 28% to 42% between 2011 and 2014. We project this will increase to 57% to 62% of the students scoring below grade level in 2015.
The new standards are much harder than the old standards. Based on a test of 44.000 third graders, the bottom 75% were reading at the 0.8 grade level – or over 2 years below grade level. The gap between where students are at and where they need to be is much greater than ever before,
- Schools are locked into a model of doing more of the same. If 90 minutes a day of reading instruction does not work, let’s try 120 or even 150 minutes a day. They missed Einstein’s definition of Insanity.
INSANITY: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein
The smart or gifted child who was at grade level, now finds themselves below grade level and in some cases at risk for third grade retention.
What Can a Parent Do if Third Grade Retention or other Grade Level Retention is a Risk
- If your child is facing 3rd grade retention – you want to be aware of the good cause exemptions that would allow your child to be promoted to 4th Not, showing mastery of skills through a student portfolio is the best option. Here is an excellent document on the Good Cause Exemptions from Third Grade Retention
- Florida Statute 1008.25 says that:
- A parent of a student in grade 3 who is identified anytime during the year as being at risk of retention may request that the school immediately begin collecting evidence for a portfolio.
- If you are warned that your child is at risk for retention, we would request a portfolio be stated immediately
- The best way to have your child avoid Third Grade Retention is to have your child improve his or her reading and test taking skills so they pass the 3rd Grade Reading Test and are well positioned to succeed in 4th grade and beyond
3 Things You Can Do To Help Your Child
- To better understand how your child learns, and how you can capitalize on those strengths, DOWNLOAD Mira’s short, uplifting book “Life is a Ball, Don’t Put Me in a Box.”
- Take our free Online Success Assessment. It will help you see if your child learns differently.
- After taking the assessment, give us a call and ask us your questions. We’ll help you better understand what your child is dealing with, and what you can do to make a positive difference. You will also have the opportunity to join our weekly conference call.