Third Grade Retention Gets The Press
“Third Grade Retention is not acceptable for my child”, said one committed mom
Another mom said, “3rd Grade Retention is not acceptable for my child, I do not mind spending $25000 to send him to a private school”.
Third grade retention was considered third most feared event to losing a parent and going blind by students
The first and most critical step is to shift the focus from Third Grade Retention to
Success by Third Grade
We move towards what we think about. If we focus on Third Grade Retention, we focus on the problem
When we shift the focus from Third Grade Retention to Success by Third Grade we focus on the solution:
2- Understand the extent of the problem and why it is occurring: Below are three key points on each:
Extent of the Problem
– The number of words a child hears before going to school is very different based on their parents economics
Third Grade Retention Risks Much Higher for Poorer Families
The results are staggering. The table below shows the average differences in the number of words the children heard, based on socio-economic class.
|Socio-economic class||Words heard per hour||Words heard per week||Words heard per year||Words heard by age 4|
|Welfare||616||62,000||3.2 million||6.5 million|
|Working-class||1,251||125,000||6.5 million||11.2 million|
|Professional||2,153||215,000||11.2 million||45 million|
The researchers also found differences in the number of positive and negative statements that were directed at the child. The results of which are shown in the graph below.
|Socio-economic class||Positive per hour||Negative per hour||Positive per year||Negative per year||Ratio positive to negative|
|Welfare||5||11||26,000||57,000||1 to 2|
|Working-class||12||7||62,000||36,000||2 to 1|
|Professional||32||5||166,000||26,000||6 to 1|
– We are not identifying the students early enough and addressing their issues. Half the students identified for special education services in Florida in grades 1, 2 and 3 were identified in 3rd grade – we can do better than that
3- Choose to set BOLD Goals and to be Committed to the Goals and open on the how
In 2015, we expect percent of students with disabilities scoring a Level 1 that would trigger third grade retention to increase to 75 to 80% — this should be done to half that amount and it is doable
4- We need a Success by Third Grade Campaign. We need to pool the resources and we need to collaborate in ways we never have
5- Execution is critical — we must make it happen
6- Staying the course is pivotal. There will be naysayers, there will be people saying. “we have never done that before”, and others saying we are being unrealistic. Let’s remember this famous quote
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”
7- Share the successes, share the lessons learned and share what went wrong
If all people had the same goals, Success by Third Grade would be a high priority by many. Clearly, there are other objectives like expanding charter schools and voucher programs.
Let’s resist the money and the politics and make a committed effort to shift our focus from Third Grade Retention to Success by Third Grade for our kids and grandkids
Visit our webpage named Success by Third Grade for a copy of our book with that title