Florida Third Grade Retention Laws
Starting in 2003, Florida Third Grade Retention has become one of the cornerstones of the Bush Florida Miracle.
It is now 2015 and the Florida legislature has made some temporary changes for third grade retention for 2015 only.
As discussed in Jeff Solochek’s article on Florida Third Grade Retention, sometime in early June, the Florida Department of Education will provide school districts with a list of students who scored in the lowest quintile — the lowest 20 percent.
Districts will then have to determine who will be retained and what alternative pathways to promotion there might be.
For students with a reading disability, dyslexia or a learning disability the challenges are even greater.
As discussed in an AE Casey Report on /Early Warning! Why Reading by 3rd Grade Matters
Up to half of the printed fourth-grade curriculum is incomprehensible to students who read below that grade level.
A.E. Casey Foundation
For parents of students with a reading disability, dyslexia or learning disabilities, the challenges are even greater, for a few reasons:
1- If your child in in the bottom 20 percentile, there is a good chance your child’s reading comprehension is 2 or mor years below grade level. Therefore, even if the school districts provides a way for your child to be promoted, it is critical to significantly improve your child’s reading comprehension over the summer, if your child is to succeed in 4th grade
2- If your child barely passed the 3rd grade FSA reading test, there is still a good chance that your child is 1.5 to 2 years below grade level
For Students with a Reading Disability, Dyslexia or Learning Disabilities
Parents Make The Difference
School districts are in a terrible bind. The State of Florida has introduced the new Florida State Standards without the teacher training that should have taken place — a teacher recently share the following observation — “This year my colleagues and I feel that we are learning to fly a plan while we are in midair — it is really hard”.
As parent, it is up to you to find the help your child needs to significantly improve his or her reading comprehension. School districts may offer summer programs that are specifically designed to help your child to succeed on the end of summer test.
What your child really needs is a program to significantly improve his or her reading comprehension and his or her ability to draw inferences.
What makes matters more challenging is that students with reading disabilities, dyslexia or learning disabilities often learn differently and often have attention and/or eye-teaming issues — where a student skips words and lines when reading.
For students who will be 3rd graders next year, the risks may be even greater – we expect the percent of students achieving a Level 1 on the 2016 Reading FSA is likely to be 25 to 30%. Florida Third Grade Retention will become a bigger issue for next year’s third grader
We have written a book “Success by 3rd Grade” and provide a no cost assessment that screens for a learning difference, attention, eye-teaming and related challenges.
For more information go to Success by 3rd Grade