The 2015 3rd Grade Reading Florida Standards Assessment is far more difficult than the 3rd Grade Reading FCAT. Schools are alerting parents if their child is at risk of failing this test and you may receive a letter that says…
Your child is not meeting grade level standards and is at risk for 3rd Grade Retention – is the key message of a note many parents will be receiving.
If your child is at risk for 3rd Grade retention, you have the right to ask the school to immediately request the school start collecting information for a student portfolio according to a new Florida Statute 1008.25. You will want to read this whole law and specifically section 7, that says:
“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.
Too often, schools have waited till January, February and even March to initiate the student portfolio process. This law clearly gives the parent of a student at risk for 3rd Grade Retention the right to initiate this process.
A few other key points:
1- The Florida Department of Education has finalized their 3rd grade portfolio process
2- Some districts have developed their own student portfolio process aligned to the Florida State Standards
3- If your child takes the State of Florida Student Portfolio your child must pass 3 different tests on each standard. Your child must be given 5 chances to pass this test, but there is no rule limiting the number of times the test may be given. Last year, we knew of a principal who limited the number of times a student could take the test. We encourage parents to make sure their district has a consistent policy that allows students to have a better chance of mastering these tests
You may find that your school is not aware of this new statute and even people at the district level may not be aware of Florida Stature 1008.25
We encourage you to be informed, empowered and proactive in this process. We also encourage you to be collaborative and understanding. I would bring a copy of the statute with you when discussing this new law.
Better yet, I would figure out how my child can achieve Success by Third Grade.
Take these 3 Steps toward Success by Third Grade for Your Child and put third Grade Retention in the rear view mirror
- To better understand how your child learns, and how you can capitalize on those strengths, DOWNLOAD the short, uplifting book “Success by 3rd Grade.”
- 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.
For more information on shifting the focus from 3rd Grade Retention to Success by Third Grade visit our Success by 3rd Grade page.