In this article “Should 3rd Grade be The Pivot Point for Early Reading” Sarah Sparks questions the wisdom of third grade retention.
This quote from the article is an eye-opener
Multiple studies and meta-analyses have found that students held back in a grade show academic and social problems later on, including being at higher risk for ultimately dropping out of school.
“And, the single most negative effect of retention is in what area? Reading,” said Mr. Jimerson of UC-Santa Barbara.
“If it’s not contra-indicated for any other reason, it is for that. There are a lot of empirically supported strategies. Retention is not one of them.”
If third grade retention has a negative impact on reading, then one would question why we do it, and the story gets worse.
The article continues by discussing another problem with …
Linda M. Sullivan-Dudzic, the director of elementary and special programs for the 5,000-student Bremerton district in Washington, recalled following one retained 3rd grader for a day to get a sense of his interventions.
“That little guy went to seven different people doing seven different things. All of them were well intentioned, but seven different things in one day—that’s where you have to watch out,” she said. “Your interventions have to be aligned with what you are teaching, or you are just confusing students who are already struggling.”
To align interventions and
to Avoid Third Grade Retention or other Grade Retention What Should You Do
1- Mindset matters. Success by 3rd grade is the only option and recommend you adopt the same mindset. The next key point is to find a professional or professionals who provide an integrated solution that is right for your child. It is critical to …
2- Understand your child, the system and your role. Schools rarely test for how your child learns best, whether your child has an eye-teaming issue and what your child’s present level of reading comprehension is using passages of equal length and complexity to what your child will be tested on — very often, the students we see learn differently, have an eye-teaming challenge and his or her reading comprehension are far below where the school or the parents thought they were. Your rile is to driv the process and to partner with the right school based and outside professionals to achieve your goals and …
3- Goals matter. Too often a parent will be told it will take 2 or 3 years to get their child back to grade level — and these programs are being honest. For a child in 3rd grade facing Third Grade Retention, 2 to 3 years is not what you want to hear. For students with average or above average intelligence, our goal is to get a child back to grade level within 4 to 8 months. For a child who is facing third grade retention you may only have two months to get your child to grade level and with a massive action plan that may be doable.
You want a …
4- System that is integrated and will work for your child and you.
At 3D Learner, we focus on Success by Third Grade and do everything in our power to avoid third grade retention.
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