Fight Mandatory Retention By Making Success by Third Grade Your Goal
WrightsLaw, a very well respected Special Education Law Practice has written an excellent article on 10 Strategies to Fight Mandatory Retention.
Before commenting on their strategies, we would like to comment on 5 things:
1- Third grade retention is now the law in over 15 states and that is likely to increase. The research does not support this policy but it is an integral part of the conservative agenda — it does drive people to charter and private schools
2- First grade retention and second grade retention are likely to soar as schools proactively hold students back in the hope that earlier grade retention will improve their third grade reading proficiency
3- We believe that Success by Third Grade is the right goal — and recognize that Success by First Grade or Success by Second Grade are even better
4- Many third graders promoted to 4th grade find they do not understand much of what he or she reads
5- By far the best approach is to Fight Mandatory Retention by helping your child to succeed:
– Improve your child’s reading comprehension to grade level as soon as possible
– Do everything possible to instill a love of reading and make sure your child reads at least 30 minutes a day
– Once you get your child to grade level, make sure your child stays at grade level
If first grade retention, second grade retention or third grade retention is a risk, visit our Success by Third Grade webpage, download a copy of our “Success by 3rd Grade Book”, take our no cost Success Assessment, and then if the shoe fits, call us for a no cost Success by Third Grade strategy session
The 10 strategies in the article include:
1- Requesting a copy of your child’s file
2- Get copies of all reading assessments that have been done
3- Find out what intensive reading interventions have been used
4- Meet with the IEP Team
5- Educate others
If your child has an IEP and you are proactive and seeing this in 1st or 2nd grade, then meeting with the IEP Team and make sure all possible actions are taken.
If your child is at risk for grade retention and your child does not have an IEP, an Individualized Education Plan, then initiate the process.
The school may say your child is in Response to Intervention (RTI) or a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) and they wait until this process is completed before doing a special education assessment.
Melody Musgrove, the Federal Director of OSEP, the Office of Special Education Programs, has written a very clear letter, that says that RTI cannot be used to delay or deny an evaluation. For a copy of that letter and a sample letter to send to your child’s school go to the RTI Trap.
Fight Mandatory Retention by Making Success by Third Grade is Your Goal
For more information and to join our Success by Third Grade effort:
– Visit our Success by Third Grade Page
– Download a copy of our book “Success by 3rd Grade”
– Call for a no cost strategy session to explore how you can help your child and others to achieve Success by Third Grade at 561-361-7495