Beat Third Grade Retention with the Right Interventions

Third Grade Retention is a major issue in Florida.  This blog post is written specifically for Florida, but many of the points may be applicable elsewhere.  What differentiates 3D Learner from others is:

  • We have seen the third grade retention risk be the catalyst for parental action that significantly improved their child’s reading comprehension and igniting a love for learning, while reducing anxiety
  • Virtually every third grader we help gets promoted and enters fourth grade far better prepared to succeed
  • We understand the system and will provide you with the best possible advice
  • Our initial goal is to help parents to understand why your child is struggling, how they can succeed and how you can make the difference
  • Our long term goal for those who chose to work with us is to:
    • Significantly improve your child’s reading comprehension
    • Ignite a love for reading and learning
    • Identify and address the relevant:
      • Working memory, processing speed and/or attention challenges – these are often referred to as executive function issues
      • Visual processing, motor planning and/or anxiety issues
    • Help you with school choice decisions and to get the best possible help from your child’s school
    • Help you to be the coach and advocate your child needs

Several key points to consider before making a decision about third grade retention or other options:

  • We recommend talking with your child’s teacher.  They may already have gotten your child to the point where they can be promoted or they can share their perspective
  • Private school or home school options rarely address the underlying reading comprehension, executive function, visual processing and/or related issues.
  • Your child may not be ready for 4th grader yet and you may want to …
  • Consider an outside intervention.  Even if you are considering private or homeschool options, the right intervention can prepare your child for success in 4th grade and beyond

A parent or professional can contact us for a no cost Beat Third Grade Retention conversation
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Many students at risk for third-grade retention are a Right Brain Learner with Executive Function, Visual Processing  and related challenges. 

A child who scored a Level 1 on the third grade English Language Assessment and if facing third grade retention, often is:

  • A right brain learner, who learns best when he or she sees and experiences information.  This is not the way schools tend to teach and the right brain learner is often far smarter than their present level of reading comprehension would indicate
  •  Struggling with Executive Function challenges.  These might include problems with working memory, processing speed and/or attention
  • Skipping words and lines when reading — what we call visual processing issues

At 3D Learner, we have helped many students to beat third grade retention by:

  • Teaching the way the student learns best
  • Identifying and addressing their executive function, visual processing and/or related challenges
  • Significantly improving their reading comprehension and igniting a love for learning

Most  students at risk for third-grade retention are 1.5 to 2 years below grade level in reading comprehension.  To beat third-grade retention and prepare your child for Fourth Grade Success, it is critical to improve your child’s reading comprehension.

Note: 3D Learner has helped many students make significant gains to both beat third grade retention and to be far better prepared for 4th grade and beyond.

A couple of examples of our student’s progress:

  • A student got a Level 1 on the Third Grade English Language Assessment and with our help he got a Level 4, above grade level score, on his 4th grade English Language Assessment
  • Another student improved his reading comprehension three grade levels between third and fourth grade and his teacher said, “Thomas made more progress than any student I have had in 27 years of teaching”.

A parent or professional can contact us for a no cost Beat Third Grade Retention conversation
Call us at 561-361-7495 or

Find a mutually agreeable time on our schedule by clicking on our
Beat Third Grade Retention conversation

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