Third Grade Retention Does Not Alter The School-to-Prison Pipeline
This is a good article on the school to prison pipeline. This infographic speaks volumes.
The problem with Florida’s Third Grade Retention strategy is that is has not improved success by third grade rates over the last 4 years — they have actually declined.
Success by Third Grade Would Be a Far Better Strategy
Students with disabilities were passing at the rate of 29% in 2011 and were projected to be 45% by this year — but the actual passing percent is closer to 25%.
We believe that third grade retention is a great strategy to promote privatization — parents are choosing to move their child to charter schools, private schools and home school environments, because the present system is not focused on Success by Third Grade and we are punishing students for a systemic failure
5 Ways to Sharpen the Focus on Success by Third Grade
1- Set a goal to improve the percentage of all students and the percentage of students with disabilities who achieve success by third grade
2- Revise the school grading system — 4th and 5th grade reading scores count 4 times more than the 3rd grade reading scores — because there are no learning gains in 3rd grade
3- Increase professional development for teachers and training for parents
4- Focus on identifying at-risk students earlier
5- Pilot innovative programs and present programs to see what works — and continuously improve the process
What Can a Parent Do to Improve Success by Third Grade
1- Avoid what we call the RTI or Response to Intervention Trap — where your child may get some help — but not qualify for special education services. Click here on how to avoid the RTI Trap
2- Read more with your child — and helping your child sounding out words
3- Use books on tape — an excellent way to build literacy
4- Enlist the support of your child’s teacher and school
5- Consider outside help. Many smart struggling students learn differently and have a combination of attention, visual processing, working memory, processing speed challenges — get help
For more information on how you can make the difference for your child visit Success by Third Grade