Third grade retention is a real risk for many smart kids. In the near future, it will impact gifted students, many smart struggling students and most students with a learning disability or dyslexia.
Third grade retention is of questionable value — with 18 of 21 studies on third grade retention showing little or no benefit
The challenge is that Third Grade Retention Laws in 15 states, including Florida, make third grade retention a requirement, unless an alternative route is found to achieve promotion.
Some parents chose to send their child to private school to avoid third grade retention, but that is really not Success by Third Grade.
That does not avoid the two major challenges we see
– The testing masks the underlying reading comprehension issue
– If a child is not reading on grade level by 4th grade, he or she may not understand half of what they are reading
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Rather than trying to circumvent the situation, we have found that most people want their child to achieve Success by Third Grade.
We have written a book on the topic called Success by 3rd Grade. We recognize the 5 biggest obstacles are:
1- The reading comprehension challenge is masked by test mania
2- For the visual-spatial learner, who learns best when he or she sees and experiences information, he or she will do far better if the student is taught to understand what he or she reads the way the student learns best
3- Visual-spatial learners often have attention, eye-teaming and related issues that need to be identified and addressed
4- Schools do not focus on either how a child learns best or identifying and addressing the relevant attention, eye-teaming and related issues
5- It is up to parents to make the difference — and to be committed to Success by Third Grade for Your Child and open to the how
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