Success by 3rd Grade beats 3rd Grade Retention or opting-out every time,
3rd Graders with a learning disability or dyslexia often have average to above average intelligence. With the right help, they should be able to do well enough on a Common Core Assessment or the Florida Standards Assessment to be promoted to 4th grade.
Opting-out is a poor choice unless there is a health concern or there is a significant cognitive disability.
Opt-out groups correctly point out that 3rd Grade Retention can be avoided without taking the 3rd Grade Reading Florida Standards Assessment — the 3rd Grade Reading FCAT Replacement Test.
Technically this is true, when you review this Reading to Learn article on 3rd Grade Promotion Criteria and 3rd Grade Retention, you realize passing the test is probably easier than any of the options – even with a much harder test this year, promotion will only require a student to be at the 25th to 30th percentile.
Here are the exemptions from 3rd Grade Retention.