The new 3rd Grade Reading Florida Standards Assessment will result in a decline in passing rates from 58% to 30 to 35%. This is the test that is replacing the 3rd Grade Reading FCAT.
The new Florida Standards are much harder and the new 3rd Grade Reading Florida Standards Assessment will be far more difficult because:
– The test will go from two 70 minute tests to three 80 minute tests
– The passages are probably a grade to a grade and a half harder
– The questions will require more critical thinking skills
Testing of over 45000 3rd graders last year versus the new Common Core Standards, that are virtually identical to the new Florida Standards, showed 75% of the students tested were reading at the 0.8 grade level.
These included some students in special education, but was mostly regular education students.
Over the last year we have tested many students from Boca Raton, Parkland, Coral Springs and surrounding cities. We have seen similar challenges. A high percentage of the struggling 3rd Graders we tested were reading at the 0.5, 1.0 or 1.5 grade level.
What are the ramifications of this:
1- We expect the percent getting a level 1 on the 3rd Grade Reading Florida Standards Assessment that will bring 3rd Grade Retention into play will increase from 19% last year to 25 to 30% this year
2- For the first time this will bring more students from Boca Raton, Coral Springs and Parkland into the at-risk category
3- The gap between where the students are at and where the student needs to be has gone from a year behind to two to two and a half years behind
4- If your child was struggling with reading comprehension last year, you child is probably a grade or more further behind — simply because the standards are harder
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We have also developed an Intensive Reading Program for students in 2nd through 5th grades and continue to offer 1-on-1 programs.