At a recent meeting,we discussed 3rd grade retention. In Florida 3rd Grade Retention has been a key strategy to eliminate Social Promotion. Studies show little benefit and significant challenges, but as a parent, you are caught in a bind.
There is a recent movement to Opt-Out of the Florida Standards Assessments. This is a bold act of civil disobedience, but it actually takes away the best chance a child has to be promoted. The next best option is a student portfolio, but schools often wait till January or even March to start this process and this leaves precious little time to complete this process.
We project that 25 to 30% of all Florida 3rd graders and 75 to 80% of the students with a learning disability will score a Level 1 on the 3rd Grade Reading Florida Standards Assessment and will be at risk for 3rd grade retention.
Since our goal is Success by 3rd Grade, we decided to go to the law and see what it says about initiating a student portfolio.
Here is what Statue 1008.25 on Reading Deficiency and Parental Notification says.
“A parent of a student in grade 3 who is identified anytime during the year as being at risk of retention may request that the school immediately begin collecting evidence for a portfolio”.
The entire text of the relevant section is posted at the bottom of this post, with a link to the whole statute.
We recommend that parents of a 3rd grader with a reading deficiency immediately request a student portfolio be developed.
3D Learner has initiated five ways to help parents:
– We will be providing videos on Success by 3rd Grade
– We have written a book for you to read — that you can download at Success by 3rd Grade
– We are offering an Intensive Reading Program for students in the Boca Raton and Weston areas
– We will be providing more blog postings and welcome comments
– We encourage you to join the discussion on Success by 3rd grade on our 3D Learner Facebook Page
The relevant portion of the statute is provided below with a link to the whole statute
2014 Florida Statute
1008.25 Public school student progression; remedial instruction; reporting requirements
(5) READING DEFICIENCY AND PARENTAL NOTIFICATION.—
(a) Any student who exhibits a substantial deficiency in reading, based upon locally determined or statewide assessments conducted in kindergarten or grade 1, grade 2, or grade 3, or through teacher observations, must be given intensive reading instruction immediately following the identification of the reading deficiency. The student’s reading proficiency must be reassessed by locally determined assessments or through teacher observations at the beginning of the grade following the intensive reading instruction. The student must continue to be provided with intensive reading instruction until the reading deficiency is remedied.
(b) If a student’s reading deficiency is not remedied by the end of grade 3, as demonstrated by scoring Level 2 or higher on the statewide, standardized assessment required under s. 1008.22 for grade 3, the student must be retained.
(c) The parent of any student who exhibits a substantial deficiency in reading, as described in paragraph (a), must be notified in writing of the following:
1. That his or her child has been identified as having a substantial deficiency in reading.
2. A description of the current services that are provided to the child.
3. A description of the proposed supplemental instructional services and supports that will be provided to the child that are designed to remediate the identified area of reading deficiency.
4. That if the child’s reading deficiency is not remediated by the end of grade 3, the child must be retained unless he or she is exempt from mandatory retention for good cause.
5. Strategies for parents to use in helping their child succeed in reading proficiency.
6. That the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is not the sole determiner of promotion and that additional evaluations, portfolio reviews, and assessments are available to the child to assist parents and the school district in knowing when a child is reading at or above grade level and ready for grade promotion.
7. The district’s specific criteria and policies for a portfolio as provided in subparagraph (6)(b)4. and the evidence required for a student to demonstrate mastery of Florida’s academic standards for English Language Arts. A parent of a student in grade 3 who is identified anytime during the year as being at risk of retention may request that the school immediately begin collecting evidence for a portfolio. http://leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=1000-1099/1008/Sections/1008.25.html